Level: 1.4 feet below full. Temp: Upper 80s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Fair. Kevin Randall said he had been catching a few bass on a jig ’n pig fished around brushed-up boat docks with five to eight feet of water under them. Kevin opts for a black-and-blue jig with a Zoom Super Chunk. “Nine out of 10 guys here throw black and blue, somehow it’s a good color on this lake.” Kevin has been fishing mostly up the Coosa, and he says the jig is a good bet around logjams, too. He has also been catching a few fish on a Bandit 200, and he says color doesn’t seem to matter. Topwater has not been very productive, he said, however his cousin had picked up a few bass hitting grassbeds between docks with a Pop-R. If you are a worm fisherman, Kevin say red-shad colored worms have been producing. Other than boat docks, the other productive dog-day pattern at Weiss is the ledges, either dragging a Carolina-rigged worm or lizard off the ledges, or running a deep-diving crankbait parallel to the ledges.
Stripers: Weiss guide Jerry Sims said he was on a bunch of small striped bass that were a ball to catch — and his boat motor quit on him. He says to get on the river channel in the lower part of the lake and watch your electronics until you find fish then throw any small shad imitation. The stripers are running from two or three pounds up to the low teens.
Crappie: Slow. If you were determined to have a mess of fish, you could probably catch a few on the river ledges in Little River or Yellow Creek by dropping minnows into the 14 or 15 foot range, but almost nobody is out there this time of year.