Allatoona: Level: Full and rising. Temp: 78-81 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Bass fishing on Lake Allatoona in June is fair to good. The bass are transitioning out deep, and June is known for the nighttime bite. When temperatures are on the rise in the month of June, fish will concentrate from mid-depth to deep points holding on brushpiles and rock. I am using a Big Bite 4-inch Cane Thumper and a Picasso Tungsten Double Wire Weedless Ball Jig to catch suspended fish on points and brush. I’ll follow that up with a Picasso Tungsten Shakedown jig head with a finesse worm. The key is not to spend time on fish that show up on sonar but don’t bite. Fish the area, and move to find active fish. I am still catching quite a few fish on The Picasso Suijin tipped with a 3.75 Big Bite Jointed Jerk Minnow. I’ve been throwing the 1/8-oz. head on 5-lb. test Sunline Sniper fluorocarbon. It allows the bait to get down in the water column, and you can fish it slowly. For bigger bites, I’ve been running reef markers and burning a 6-inch Gliding Gizzard swimbait. You may fish for several hours without a bite, but when you get bit, it’s a good fish. Last but not least, don’t overlook the early morning topwater bite on bluff walls around Victoria to Little River. Poppers and walking baits are working great until around 9 a.m. Have fun, and be safe.”
Linesides: Great. Guide Robert Eidson reports, “Grab your kids, get the boat and go fishing because it’s absolutely insane great right now. This is probably the best bite I have seen 10 years. The shad kill we had this winter probably contributes to a lot of the better bite we’re seeing this year. Fish are coming back down out of the rivers, starting to stage off the humps and flats from Kellogg Creek back over to Allatoona Creek. Threadfin shad and small gizzards fished off any of the ledges, the flats, the river ledges, the mouths of the creeks and the main-lake points have been working really well. Our boats have been averaging anywhere from 25 to 70 fish a day right now. After the sun gets up, they are moving over the river channels and can still be caught on downlined threadfin and small gizzard shad. The key is to stay on the edge of the river channel. That is key! You have to be within 10 feet of where the drop-off point is on those ledges. Look for big schools to start to move south as the water warms into 80s. For those of you who don’t want to get up at 3 a.m. to catch bait, Striper Soup has plenty of shad in stock. The topwater bite will be getting better. There is limited topwater action right at sun-up right now, but you have to be in the right place at the right time. It really isn’t worth targeting just yet. Trolling is fair at best but should heat up in the coming weeks.”