LAKE ALLATOONA

5/27/04

LAKE ALLATOONA IS 0.3 FEET ABOVE FULL POOL, WATER IS  CLEAR IN THE MAIN LAKE AND SLIGHTLY STAINED IN THE RIVERS. THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE IS 81 DEGREES AT THE DAM, BY KLAY SHORTHOUSE (770) 309-4190

Largemouth bass fishing is great. Throw top water during the low light hours, early and late, Rebel Pop-Rs are your best bet. Other good choices are a Sammy 100 or a ½ oz Boogerman buzz bait. Throw them right to the bank and hang on! They generally nail it right away or they won’t at all.  Keep movin’. Any main lake coves will have fish in them. Fish back into the coves about half way. Turn around and work back out the opposite bank. The gold #11 Rapala is a great back up if they won’t commit to topwater. During the day the best bet is going to be a white pearl Zoom Super Fluke or Trick Worm. Finally, let’s face it, there’s a reason many of the pro’s always have a jig handy…they always work!! Keep throwing Spanky's 3/8 oz. Green Pumpkin jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer in Root beer green pepper. Concentrate on whatever brush you can find from 2 to 10 feet.

Spotted bass fishing is great. They are a hungry. The kind of hungry a momma wolf with six pups gets! They continue to move shallow early and late and back off during the day. Best bet again, topwater and a Fluke thrown right to the bank on mid-lake points and pockets. Mid-day go a little deeper with Zoom Finesse worms on a jig head. If you find docks with brush try Spanky’s ¼ oz. Mini-jig, use it with a matching Zoom Trailer and be sure it looks a lot like Green Pumpkin. Remember the many long points as well, back off a bit and throw a Carolina rigged lizard. Can’t go wrong with green pumpkin. The water warmed quickly this last week so slow rolling a spinner bait after dark will work. Try it across those long main lake points, but again throw right to shore! as well. A lot of fish are hanging slap on the bank.

Line side fishing is just quirky. Stripers are desirous of a trip up river but not fond of the mud. The river is clearing well now but no reports of fish. Stick with areas on the main lake that have humps near the river channel. Live bait on down lines is going to be your best bet. On the main lake troll an umbrella rig over points and humps near the channels. Use a few standard buck tails, 1/2oz white with white curly tail grubs and also some “Horseheads” by Swarming Hornet with a plastic body. Mix it up a bit and see what they like.  Trout or shad on down lines will also catch a few. Remember, fresh bait catches fish. And for the adventurous types, cast a # 4 Clouser or Coyote on a 7 to 9 weight fly rod up the river.  A chartreuse and white combination is the best color. Hybrids are beginning to school and bust bait but not so much in the river (where they should be) Best bet would be to focus on the humps and flats from mid-lake up. Schools of fish are coming up just before dark and stripers are mixed in. Cast a chrome ¼ oz. Rat-L-Trap across those areas as they will come up to feed. Also an Alabama rig or Pop–n-fly will catch them. Just watch for the schools to come up then just fling in amongst ‘em! During the day troll a Norman Deep N in lavender shad in and around the channels adjacent to the long points and humps. Of course the Flex-it spoons in 1/3 to ½ oz.in silver/blue or pearl are very reliable and must always be mentioned.

Crappie fishing is fair.  Start checking the boat docks with brush or the Marina walls – formerly known as ‘tires’. Best bet now is standard issue crappie minnows. Also Southern Pro Hot Grubs and tiny tube baits are still a good second choice. Rig them on a red 1/16th oz. jig head and cast them parallel to docks and just reel back slowly or simply vertical jig them. Best colors seem to be anything with a chartreuse tail – green body, black body, white body, it doesn’t matter.  Get plenty of hooks though because you will loose a bunch. Trolling these same rigs in the channels of the creeks will also work, and of course night time around the bridges.

Bream are good. Look in the shallow pockets off the main lake. Beds are showing up and nice sized Bream are going home to the frying pan. Get some crickets and look in the backs of sun drenched coves. No float needed, just a split shot and cast it right into the beds. This is a great time to pull out the 3 or 4 weight fly rod and some popping bugs and have a ball!

If you’re interested in a day of fishing give me a call. Schooling hybrids on top? Call me. Three foot fresh water fish with teeth on a fly rod? Call me. Keep sloppin’ your dripper and getting’ your foot hung in the stirrup? Better call a doctor! Then call me.

Fish On!

May 21st, 2004

LAKE ALLATOONA IS AT FULL POOL, WATER IS  CLEAR IN THE MAIN LAKE AND STAINED TO MUDDY IN THE RIVERS. THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE IS 72 DEGREES AT THE DAM, BY KLAY SHORTHOUSE (770) 309-4190

 

Largemouth bass fishing is great. Just keep in mind that largemouth make up only about 15 percent of the population compared to spotted bass. During the low light hours, early and late, Rebel Pop-Rs are your best bet. Other good choices are a Sammy 100 or a ½ oz Boogerman buzz bait.Throw them right to the bank and hang on! They generally crush it right away or they won’t at all.  Any main lake coves will have fish in them. Fish back into the coves until you see a herd of carp. Turn around (unless you like to carp fish!) and work back out the opposite bank. The gold #11 Rapala is a great back up if they won’t commit to topwater. During the day the best bet is going to be a white pearl Zoom Su! per Fluke or Trick Worm. Finally, let’s face it, there’s a reason many of the pro’s always have a jig handy…they always work! Keep throwing Spanky's 3/8 oz. Green Pumpkin jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer in Root beer green pepper. Concentrate on whatever brush you can find from 2 to 10 feet.

Spotted bass fishing is great. They are a hungry. The kind of hungry you get when you skip lunch and go buy groceries – everything looks GOOD! Best bet again, topwater and a Fluke thrown right to the bank on mid-lake points and pockets. Mid-day go a little deeper with Zoom Finesse worms on a Spot Sticker, Spot Remover, Spot Gitter jig head. Any one will do. If you find docks with brush try Spanky’s ¼ oz. Mini-jig, use it with a matching Zoom Trailer and be sure it looks a lot like Green Pumpkin. Shallow is good (4-6ft) but remember the many long points as well, back off a bit and throw a Carolina rigged lizard. Can’t go wrong with green pumpkin. The local evening pot tournaments have started but fewer fish are being caught after dark. That will begin to chan! ge as the water continues to warm. Try slow rolling a big bladed spinnerbait across those long main lake points, but again throw right to shore as well. A lot of fish are hanging right on the bank.

Line side fishing is fair. Stripers are desirous of a trip up river but not fond of the mud. The daily rain showers have put the brakes on the migration. Stick with areas on the main lake that have humps near the river channel. Live bait on down lines is going to be your best bet. On the main lake troll an umbrella rig over points and humps near the channels. Use a few standard buck tails, 1/2oz white with white curly tail grubs and also some “Horseheads” by Swarming Hornet with a plastic body. Mix it up a bit and see what they like.  Trout or shad on down lines will also catch a few. Remember, fresh bait catches fish. And for the adventurous types, cast a # 4 Clouser or Coyote on a 7 to 9 weight fly rod up the river.  A chartreuse and white combination is the best color. Hybrids are beginning to school and bust bait but not so much in the river (where they should be) Best bet would be to focus on the humps and flats from mid-lake up. Schools of fish are coming up just before dark and stripers are mixed in. Cast a chrome ¼ oz. Rat-L-Trap across those areas as they will come up to feed. Also an Alabama rig or Pop–n-fly will catch them. Just watch for the schools to come up and just fling in amongst ‘em! During the day troll a Norman Deep N in lavender shad in and around the channels adjacent to the long points and humps. Of course the Flex-it spoons in 1/3 to ½ oz.in silver/blue or pearl are very reliable and must always be mentioned.

Crappie fishing is fair.  Start checking the boat docks with brush or the Marina walls – formerly known as ‘tires’. Best bet now is standard issue crappie minnows. Also Southern Pro Hot Grubs and tiny tube baits are still a good second choice. Rig them on a red 1/16th oz. jig head and cast them parallel to docks and just reel back slowly or simply vertical jig them. Best colors seem to be anything with a chartreuse tail – green body, black body, white body, it doesn’t matter.  Get plenty of hooks though because you will loose a bunch. Trolling these same rigs in the channels of the creeks will also work, and of course night time around the bridges.

Bream are good. Look in the shallow pockets off the main lake. Beds are showing up and nice sized Bream are going home to the frying pan. Get some crickets and look in the backs of sun drenched coves. No float needed, just a split shot and cast it right into the beds. This is a great time to pull out the 3 or 4 weight fly rod and some popping bugs and have a ball!

If you’re interested in a day of fishing give me a call. Schooling hybrids on top? Call me. Three foot fresh water fish with teeth on a fly rod? Call me. Can’t stop your tailing loop? If that’s you (and you’ll know), call me!