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Latest Allatoona Fishing Report
Allatoona September 2014 Fishing Report
Allatoona: Level: 0.8 feet below full pool. Temp: 85 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament fisherman Matt Driver reports, “Allatoona starts a positive transition this month. The last month or so it has been stale and slow to say the least. We are seeing the topwater bite on the increase, and as we get cooler nights by the end of the month, it will be on fire. The buzzbait is one of my favorite fall baits on Allatoona. First thing in the morning, fishing the buzzbait...

Latest Bartletts Ferry Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry September 2014 Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry: Level: 0.5 feet below full pool. Temp: 85 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament director and angler Dennis Hudson reports that bass fishing is fair. “Buzzbaits and frogs fished early from mid-lake up are about the only way to catch anything right now. There’s a lot of milfoil and hydrilla in the middle of the lake. Some people are starting to catch some bass with ChatterBaits around the grass. Most of the topwater bites are coming on Pop-Rs and...

Latest Blackshear Fishing Report
Blackshear September 2014 Fishing Report
Blackshear: Level: Full pool. Temp: Mid to upper 80s. Clarity: Clear.

Crappie: Rusty Parker reports, “Wow I don’t see how the crappie are biting with this heat wave we are having now. A few good slabs have been caught along the railroad trestle close to Veterans Park. These have been caught using R.A.G. Fly jigs with the chartreuse/black/chartreuse and the chartreuse/pink/chartreuse. Start at the channel, and then work your way back toward the east side. Also, if you...

Latest Blue Ridge Fishing Report
Blue Ridge September 2014 Fishing Report
Blue Ridge: Level: 0.8 feet above full pool. Temp: 80 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Eric Crowley reports, “Going into September, we are looking forward to cooler temps and more active fish. September is when the walleye will move up in the column, the smallies will stay up more then 15 minutes a day, and the largemouth will start to cruise the shorelines looking for baitfish. Green Creek, Morganton Point and Star Creek are known to have a great September bite, and I...

Latest Burton Fishing Report
Burton September 2014 Fishing Report
Burton: Level: Full pool. Temp: 78 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The largemouth bite has been an early morning bite. Try using a Super Spook or a small prop bait. There have not been many of these fish biting, but the ones that have are big. Spotted bass are schooled up great with lots of small yearlings on the main-lake points. This pattern should hold for the next couple of weeks with the fish feeding better every week as we head into...

Latest Carters Fishing Report
Carters September 2014 Fishing Report
Carters: Level: 1.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 80 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Guide Louie Bartenfield reports, “Look for the fish to start a transition into the creeks as the days get shorter. Fish are and will continue feeding on very small baitfish as the leftover shad fry will be all over the surface and upper water column. Take advantage of early morning and late evening schooling fish with small baits like Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnows in alewife or pearl...

Latest Chatuge Fishing Reports
Chatuge September 2014 Fishing Report
Chatuge: Level: 2.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 83 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Guide Eric Welch reports, “There is a topwater bite early in the morning. Try something that makes a good noise like a Zara Spook or a prop bait. Also keep these handy during the day for blow-ups. Later in the day, I’m fishing a shaky head and drop shot off points and over offshore brushpiles. You can also catch fish on laydowns with a Texas rig. If fishing docks, look for docks...

Latest Clarks Hill Fishing Report
Clarks Hill September 2014 Fishing Report
Clarks Hill: Level: 3.1 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid to low 80s. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Tournament fisherman Jon Hair reports, “The best bite right now is shallow. Pick up a Greenfish Tackle Shark double-blade buzzbait, and cover water all day. A shady bank that is close to deep water is a good area to concentrate on. The hydrilla is coming back, and fish will hold in and around it, so it is a good cover to fish. There is still a deep bite at 15 to 25 feet off humps...

Latest Eufaula Fishing Report
Eufaula September 2014 Fishing Report
Eufaula: Level: Full pool. Temp: Mid to upper 80s. Clarity: Clear to slightly stained.

Bass: The shallow bite in the pads and grassbeds has been decent, but most days the window of action seems to be shorter during the mid-morning. The bite has been when the sun is on the water, but before it gets too hot by midday. Early morning before the sun gets up, try a buzzbait or topwater plug like a Bang-O-Lure around the edges of the pads and grassbeds. When the sun hits the water, use...

Latest Hartwell Fishing Report
Hartwell September 2014 Fishing Report
Hartwell: Level: 3 feet below full pool. Temp: 85 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament fisherman Kerry Partain reports, “Bass fishing is changing weekly with the weather conditions. The bait and bass have been concentrated at the mouths of creeks around the points and humps, but with the warmer weather, I expect them to move out to the main-lake humps, points and submerged timber. The past couple of weeks there has been more schooling activity, especially late in the...

Latest Jackson Fishing Report
Jackson September 2014 Fishing Report
Jackson: Level: 0.6 feet above full pool. Temp: High 80s. Clarity: Stained over most of the lake.

Bass: Aaron Batson reports, “Bass are being caught mostly deeper on Carolina-rigged worms and football jigs worked on main-lake points and humps. Start looking in 18 to 22 feet of water. Good baits for the Carolina rig are Wackem Crazy Baits Big Sissy worms in natural colors or a Zoom lizard. For the football jig, stick to a 1/2-oz. Net Boy Baits football-head jig, and tip the...

Latest Lanier Fishing Report
Lanier September 2014 Fishing Report
Lanier: Level: 1.5 feet below full pool. Temp: Low to mid 80s. Clarity: Lightly stained in the backs of the creeks, and clear on the main lake both north and south.

Stripers: Excellent. Capt. Clay Cunningham reports, “The stripers are in the deep water on the south end of the lake chasing large schools of herring out over deep water. Downlines have been the best tactic. The downline is more or less a Carolina rig with a 2/0 Gamakatsu Nautilus Light Circle hook. Spool up a...

Latest Oconee Fishing Report
Oconee September 2014 Fishing Report
Oconee: Level: 0.2 feet below full pool. Temp: 85-88 degrees. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Good. Tournament fisherman Aaron Batson reports, “There has been a decent mayfly hatch on some mornings. Try a Buzzerbait buzzbait around seawalls and grass. Look for stuff very close to main river channels. Also work a small 1/4-oz. Net Boy Baits Flipp’n Jig in brown/black around the mayfly hatch. Once the sun gets high, fish can move deeper. Look for brushpiles in 10 to 12 feet...

Latest Saltwater Fishing Report
Saltwater September 2014 Fishing Report
Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. Judy Helmey reports, “This is not the month for migrations, it’s the month for feeding on everything that is available. Spotted seatrout, redfish and flounder might feed at different times of the tides. However, all of them like live shrimp. You can serve shrimp up anyway you like, from naked with or without any sort of leader or weight or under popping or adjustable floats. If you start using live shrimp, and they all happen to die or you run out, change...

Latest Seminole Fishing Report
Seminole September 2014 Fishing Report
Seminole: Level: 0.6 feet below full pool. Temp. 88-90 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Fair. Guide Matt Baty reports, “Bass fishing is best early in the mornings or late in the evenings with topwater baits. Buzzbaits and walking baits such as a Spro Dawg 100 work real well on topped-out hydrilla on the Flint River. Both techniques work best with 50-lb. Sunline FX2 braid. When the early morning bite is over, things get really tough. You can still manage to catch fish by either...

Latest Sinclair Fishing Report
Sinclair September 2014 Fishing Report
Sinclair: Level: 1.5 feet below full pool. Temp: 86-88 degrees. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Tournament fisherman Aaron Batson reports, “Bass fishing is fair. Fishing is best when there is current being generated. Look on main-lake points and ledges, and work a big crankbait, like a Strike King 6XD or Normans DD22, in shad colors. I am throwing the big plugs on a Kissel Kraft custom MB 845 custom crankbait rod with 10-lb. floro. Some fish are hanging around docks and can be...

Latest Tobesofkee Fishing Report
Tobesofkee September 2014 Fishing Report
Tobesofkee: Temp: 85. Clarity: Light stain.

Bass: Tournament pro Clayton Batts reports, “Fishing has been tough but should begin to improve as it cools down some in September. Look for bass right now relating to the main lake. Fish can be caught on humps and main-lake docks. The best docks have brush present around them. Fish the humps with a green-pumpkin Big Bite Baits finesse worm and a 3/4-oz. Fish Catchin Fool tungsten weight or a Secret Lures 3/4-oz. football jig. The...

Latest Weiss Fishing Report
Weiss September 2014 Fishing Report
Weiss: Level: 0.2 feet below full pool. Temp: 84-86 degrees. Clarity: Clear to lightly stained.

Bass: Guide Mike Carter reports, “The fishing has been slow, but the fish that have been caught have been some very good quality. This is common this time of year because of most of the more productive patterns come from focusing on the deeper ledges on the lake, and with staying on these ledges the chances of a quality bite are a lot higher. The shallow bite has slowed. The most...

Latest West Point Fishing Report
West Point September 2014 Fishing Report
West Point: Level: 2.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Fair. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “Expect the largemouth bite to improve around grass and shallow cover, especially north of 219 in the Hooch. Use shallow-water baits such as Spro Poppin Frogs, Zoom Super Flukes and topwater baits such as Zara Spooks and Pop-Rs. As the weather continues to cool down and the lake level drops, expect more fish, especially spots, to stack up on structures...

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