Shane Goebel Fishing


We at Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service want to start off by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Hopefully everybody had a great Christmas and got lots of new fishing gear, lol. Now that January is here, it’s time to put all that stuff to good use. So, with that being said, January is a perfect time to get out there and catch some nice trophy stripers. Fortunately for you, we can help you score those monster Western North Carolina stripers. Lake Hiwassee is a hidden gem and perfect for catching some awesome stripers, and, as Murphy, NC’s #1 full-time guide striper service, we are here to help put you on some hard-fighting fish. Guaranteed! Check us out on Facebook and you’ll see!

Currently, water temperatures on Lake Hiwassee are in the upper to mid 50’s and water levels are around 36 feet below full pool. Water clarity is moderately clear.

Striper fishing really has been excellent recently! We’ve been catching a lot of nice fish in the 15 to 30-pound range, and a lot of them too. These fish for the most part are shallow and pounding baits on flats in the backs of creeks. Pulling planer boards and free lines early in the morning has been working great. Huge gizzard shad and blueback herring is always the bait of choice this time of year. It’s so stinking awesome to see a huge 30 pounder explode on a bait at the end of a planer board. It will definitely have you hooked on striper fishing once you experience this thrill. Back on track now…occasionally, we’ll also pull small trout as well. Also, look for these fish in deeper water schooled up, especially on warm days. Our trophy striper season has been in full swing and these techniques will continue for the next few months.

January is a great month for catching a lot of monster stripers on this Western NC lake. Give Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service a call and let the area’s #1-rated guide service put you on some of Lake Hiwassee’s best trophy stripers during the fishing trip of a lifetime. We are Murphy, NC’s and Blairsville Georgia’s premier full-time guide service, specializing in striped and hybrid bass. We also serve Lakes Nottely (Blairsville GA), Chatuge, and Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, GA. So, come fish with the pros for the opportunity to be featured in Angler Magazine, and let us help you get your fish on!

Shane Goebel owns Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service and is a member of The Angler Magazine Fishing Team. See the website at or call (828) 361-2021