Allatoona: Level: 2.2 feet low. Temp: 76 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Fishing in the month of October is really good. Even in late September, we started seeing schooling activity. Plenty of fish to be caught on the Spro McStick and Duo Realis Spinbait. This month, the creeks, bluffs and the river are productive. There are great buzzbait and Whopper Plopper bites early. It appears to be a very typical fall, and everything appears to be a normal fall pattern. This month, you can catch fish on whatever your favorite method is typically. October is a great month for swimbait fishing and soft-plastic jerkbaits, like the Big Bite Jerk Minnow. October is a great month for throwing the Triple Trout swimbait and the Spro BBZ. Make sure you use the proper rod, reel and line. I use a Cashion 7-6 heavy rod with 25-lb. Sunline Super Natural line and a 7:0 Lew’s baitcaster. I typically throw the soft-plastic jerkbait on 15-lb. Sunline fluorocarbon and a medium-action rod. Enjoy the great weather, and remember to take a kid with you. It’s one of the most enjoyable times of year only Allatoona.”
Linesides: Guide Robert Eidson reports, “The rain we got from Hurricane Irma really slowed down the bite, but it is finally starting to rebound. The last couple of days we have caught fish on downlines, freelines, topwater and trolling. Topwater has been decent and is producing fish, as well as trolling umbrella rigs. The downline bite is still producing the best. Mid-lake and south has been producing best for the bigger hybrids, but if you’re after numbers, the white bass bite is hard to beat on the north end of the lake. This is the time of year that you need to be universal and not one dimensional on techniques. Any methods will catch you fish on any given day. I really look for the bite to pick up in the next few weeks when the weather starts to cool.”