Allatoona: Level: 0.6 feet above full pool. Temp: High 70s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament fisherman Matt Driver reports, “The month of September is good. Even though size has been down, the numbers of bass being caught are up from recent years. The drop-shot worm is still the best bet, and bass are holding in 12 to 17 feet of water just off of main-lake points and cuts on the main lake. Idle around until you locate a school of bass. Then position the nose of the boat into the wind for the best boat control. I’m using a 3/16-oz. drop-shot weight on 6-lb. Sunline Sniper line and a medium-action 7-foot drop-shot rod. The 4-inch Big Bite Shaky Squirrel in sunrise is the ticket. Drop the bait just above the fish, and hold the bait still or lightly work the bait. Don’t overdo it. The fish will lightly load the rod. Slowly lift and reel. Don’t jerk. Make sure your drag is set. There are a few schooling fish, and more will begin to show up. That bite will get stronger as the month goes on. The albino Jerk Shad by Big Bite Baits and the Trick Stick in talapia are great to target the schooling fish.”
Linesides: Fair. Guide Robert Eidson reports, “The fish are easy to find on your Lowrance, but getting them to bite is another story. Just keep putting the bait right on their noses, and wait. Mid lake still seems to be holding most of the fish, but don’t overlook the Pass. I have marked a lot of fish in there recently. They just don’t want to bite. We are marking some big schools in the Allatoona Creek arm, out over open water at Stamp Creek and a few more from Galts to Kelloggs creeks. The fish are on the move, so you should be as well. The topwater bite has been hit or miss, but keep a Junior Spook ready just in case they pop up. The south end of the lake has been best for topwater action right now. Trolling may be the best all-around bite going right now. Mack Farr u-rigs in all white seem to be the ticket for the trollers right now.”