February 26, 2015
LAKE ALLATOONA IS DOWN 8.6 FEET, STAINED & LOW HIGH 40’S DEGREES BY MATT DRIVER WWW.PROANGLERRADIO.COM
Bass fishing is great. Expect things to slow a little toward the end of the month as temps begin to get into the lower 40s. This time of year is when we see a shad kill, if it does occur. As of right now, fishing is great with the Float n Fly bite in full swing. Fish the Red Rooster Carters Special on 9 to 12 feet of 6 pound test Sunline Sniper leader on wind blown bluff walls in the mid lake areas. The Alabama rig bite is good, as well. The Yumbrella with blades and the Dayton Boat Dock rig are really good ways to find good schools of big spots. The key to the Alabama rig is slow rolling it. We are tipping the rig with 1/8 ounce round ball jig heads and Big Bite Baits 3.5 inch white Cane Thumpers. The drop shot and jigging spoon bites are great, if you can keep the white bass and hybrids off the line. While in search for productive water and as long as clarity stays good, you can pick a few fish up on the Spro McStick and McRip, but we haven’t had the results we would like to have on these baits yet. Don’t fish alone this time of year. Hypothermia is a killer.
Line side fishing is fair. The cold weather we have had the last several days has slowed the bite down some, but it's still worth getting out. The south end of the lake is still the place to be right now. All of our stripers are coming on trout and shad fished on planner boards and free lines out over open water. And all of our hybrids are coming on trout and shad fish on down lines 20 30 feet deep on humps and points. The umbrella rig bite has picked back up. We are using a 4 arm rig loaded with pink trailers. Our better bite is coming in eye sight of the dam. We are pulling our rigs at 3 miles per hour and a 100 feet back right just off the river channels..