Allatoona: Level: Full pool. Temp: 88 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “September on Allatoona starts a progression to better fishing. The water temperature is slowly, and I mean slowly, lowering. September is a great time to fish topwater. The buzzbait and SPRO Hydro-Pop are great from the middle to the end of the month, especially as the temperatures fall through the mid 80s. Parallel bluff walls with a buzzbait, and throw the popper around blowdowns. As we get toward the end of the month, the crankbait, swimbait and spinnerbait bites get good. The SPRO 6-inch BBZ and a 6-inch Gliding Gizzard are good baits to get a big fish. Cover water. As we get more fronts and wind, use the spinnerbait on the wind-blown points. As water temps get to the low 80s and high 70s, the cranking bite will get good. The SPRO Little John MD and Fat John will be the ticket. Fish depths from 2 to 10 feet.”
Linesides: Decent. Guide Robert Eidson reports, “The bite really slowed down since the full moon. The fish are starting to move north and can be caught from the dam to the S-turns. Flats and points are the key to catching fish right now. The numbers seem to be better north of the dam, from Stamp Creek to the S-turns, but the size seems to be better in the Allatoona Creek arm. Downlining shad has been working best for us. We are starting to see limited topwater action right now. As we move into September, look for the topwater action to get hot. The numbers are nowhere near what they were just a few weeks ago, but if you’re in the right place at the right time, boating 20-plus fish can be had in a very short time. Trolling is fair. The key to catching these fish is to bottom bump your u-rigs on flats with an 18- to 20-foot bottom. Topwater is good! The better bite seems to be in the afternoon. There has been some really good topwater action near the dam and also mid lake from Clear Creek to Galts.”