Weiss: Level: Full pool. Temp: Upper 80s. Clarity: Lightly stained.
Bass: Guide and tournament pro Mike Carter reports, “Weiss Lake in July and August can be tough. There are several patterns that can help for these hot summer days that can make for a productive trip on this great fishery. The topwater bite is doing well in the early morning hours with baits like small 1/4- to 3/8-oz. Choo Choo Lures buzzbaits and spinnerbaits fished parallel along seawalls and rock banks. Focus on the areas that will have exposure to the sun first, and then move to the shadier areas up in the morning to extend this early bite. As the sun gets higher and the temps get hotter, move out to the deeper ledges and boat docks. With the ledge fishing, stay with the main river ledges, and the best with lures are 1/2- to 3/4-oz. Choo Choo Rocker jigs with Producer Craw trailers and Carolina-rigged worms. One would think that the deeper docks during this time of year would be the better choice, but when flipping docks we have found that the most consistent docks have been the shallower docks that average 3 to 5 feet of water. The fish around these docks will be located underneath in the most hard-to-get-to shadier areas. Pitch soft-plastic creature baits such as Beavers and Brush Hogs on a 1/4- to 3/8-oz. shaky head or Texas-rigged weight. Night fishing has been very good for those who don’t like the heat this time of year. The bass are a little more aggressive at night because of the cooler night temps and will move up to shallower rocky or stumpy points and ledges located close to deeper water. The main lures for night fishing has been 1/2- to 3/4-oz. dark-colored Choo Choo Lures single Colorado blade spinnerbaits. Cover a lot of these shallower areas at night to find aggressive action from Weiss Lake’s popular Coosa River spotted bass.”
Crappie: “The crappie fishing is good,” said guide Mark Collins. “They are biting on deep cover and creek and river channel ledges in 10 to 16 feet of water. They can be caught spider-rigging with live minnows 10 to 12 feet deep.”