July 24, 2014
LAKE ALLATOONA IS FULL, STAINED & MID 80’S
The Lake Allatoona bass fishing report is from Matt Driver, www.proanglerradio.com
Bass fishing is tough. Allatoona is in the toughest time of year. There are tons of tiny bait around and tons of tiny bass feeding on them. Lots of 9 to 13 inch fish. If you are just going to fun fish thing aren't all that bad right now. But of you are looking for big tournament winning stringers you will have your work cut out for you. Small bait is the key to getting bit right now. Tiny flukes and the new 3 1/2 jointed Big Bite jerk minnow are good choices fished on the drop shot. Whether fish vertically on Lowrance sonar or thrown at schoolers this is my number one choice for bites right now. The top water bite is decent at day break and sundown. Small walking style bait and poppers are the best choice. The crank bait bite is very slow. At night the jig head tipped with a trick stick in green pumpkin and a jig are the best option around boat docks and lit areas.
Line side fishing is very good. The live bait bite is starting to fall off some because it's hard to keep your shad alive, and the trolling bite is starting to pick up. We are catching very good numbers stripers, hybrids and White Bass on our morning trips right now. Some morning we are catching 30 to 50 fish per boat. The numbers will start slowing down some because the dissolved oxygen level is dropping fast. All of the fish seem to be within one mile of the dam. Concentrate your efforts from the mouth of Clear Creek to Clarks Creek. Once you find the fish, start the morning fishing live shad on down lines at 24 feet. This can be a good bite if you're on feeding fish, but fresh baits is the key, change your baits often Once the live bait bite slows down, switch to trolling umbrella rigs. We have been having most of our success pulling nine 1/2 ounce white buck tails with chartreuse trailers about 110 feet behind the boat, which puts his rigs about 24 feet deep. Also keep your top water baits ready in case any schooling fish come up. They'll hit a popping cork, fluke or Sammy, but we use the biggest white Rooster Tail we can find. The secret to getting bit is to fish with light line (6 lb. test) and to retrieve your bait as fast as you can crank it in. In these conditions it's important to get your fish back in the water quickly if you want to release it. Keep your camera ready because a quick release can mean the difference between a dead fish and one that swims away. We also suggested riding back over the area you just fished and keeping any floaters. Striper Soup has plenty of bait in stock for those of you that don't want to get to the lake at 4am. Our boats are taking know less then 80 baits out for our four hour trips. Fresh bait is a must right now.
Meet Lowrance Pro Staffer, Ken Sturdivant at the new Cabela’s in Acworth, Georgia, August 21 though 24, 2014. Ken will be hosting these FREE! Seminar: FRIDAY August 22, 2014 at 3 pm and 7 pm: Fishing Georgia Lakes for bass. SATURDAY August 23, 2014 at 3 pm and 7 pm: Finding Fish with Lowrance technology. SUNDAY August 24, 2014 at 3 pm and 5 pm: The Bass Anglers Tackle Box. Located at the Cherokee Village at I 75 and Highway 92, Kennesaw Georgia
Ken Sturdivant, Lowrance Pro Staff, will be at Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity South Carolina 29127, August 13 through 17, 2014. Ken will doing Lowrance demonstration rides from 8am until 2pm Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday at the park.