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Latest Allatoona Fishing Report
Allatoona April 2014 Fishing Report
Allatoona: Level: 4.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 57 degrees. Clarity: 3 feet visibility on south end, stained on north end.

Bass: Fair. Matt Driver, host of Pro Angler Radio, said, “April is the best month to catch bass on Allatoona. When targeting bass pulling up to spawn, look for protected coves with a hard bottom or pea gravel, and work a shaky head tipped with a Big Bite 6-inch Shaky Squirrel, 8-inch finesse worm or jig. Work it slow. For those fish that are prespawn,...

Latest Bartletts Ferry Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry April 2014 Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry: Level: 0.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 60s. Clarity: The main lake is clear.

Bass: Tournament director Dennis Hudson reports, “There are a lot of buck bass on the banks, and fishermen are catching then with plastics. Jigs and Trick Worms fished around piers are catching them some days, but some days they are there, and some days they are not. I believe if this weather ever stabilizes, they’ll be on the bed in a few weeks.”

Latest Burton Fishing Report
Burton April 2014 Fishing Report
Burton: Level: 6.5 feet below full pool. Temp: 45 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The spotted bass are really aggressive right now and will eat just about anything from a jerkbait to a plastic worm. Most of the spots we are catching have been shallow in 5 to 8 feet. The spotted bass should be spawning over the next few weeks. The largemouth bite has really picked up, also. We have been catching most of the largemouth on jerkbaits in a bream...

Latest Carters Fishing Report
Carters April 2014 Fishing Report
Carters: Level: 1.0 feet above full pool. Temp: 53 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Louie Bartenfield reports, “There are lots of fish moving shallow to spawn. Spotsticker jig heads tipped with Big Bite Shaking Squirrels in green pumpkin will catch fish, as well as Strike King KVD jerkbaits fished along clay banks back in the major creek arms. Cover water to find the fish, and then slow down with the Spotsticker, and work the areas over good. April is possibly the best...

Latest Clarks Hill Fishing Report
Clarks Hill April 2014 Fishing Report
Clarks Hill: Level: Down 0.3 feet above full pool. Temp: 53-60 degrees. Clarity: Clearing.

Bass: Jon Hair reports, “The spawn is about to go full swing with the next new or full moon. The bass are moving into shallow pockets hanging around stick grass and any cover on the bank. Spinnerbaits, square-billed crankbaits, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin with chartreuse tails and Greenfish Tackle’s big rubber jigs are all working good right now. I would expect these baits and...

Latest Eufaula Fishing Report
Eufaula April 2014 Fishing Report
Eufaula: Level: 2.2 feet above full pool. Temp: Upper 50s to low 60s. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Good. Concentrate your efforts from the spawning pockets to out on ditches on the flats leading to the pockets. Rattle baits are good search baits to find the sweet spots on the ledges. In the pockets try spinnerbaits and jigs, both swimming jigs and working a jig slow across the spawning flats. Guide Sam Williams reports, “Bass are biting better. They are still transitional, and...

Latest Hartwell Fishing Report
Hartwell April 2014 Fishing Report
Hartwell: Level: 0.6 feet below full pool and trending down. Temp: Low to mid 50s. Clarity: Mostly clear with some stained water in creeks.

Bass: Good. Tournament pro Kerry Partain reports, “The bass are biting once you locate them, and they are about to bust. If we can ever get a break from this cold weather, the bass are ready to hit the bank. Right now they are still in prespawn mode and moving day to day with this unpredictable weather, and you really have to search for...

Latest Jackson Fishing Report
Jackson April 2014 Fishing Report
Jackson: Level: 1.0 foot above full pool. Temp: Mid to high 50s. Clarity: Stained in the river, clear in the main lake.

Bass: Eric Perkins reports, “I’m fishing shallow wood from a foot of water out to about 5 feet. I’m flipping my 3/8-oz. Net Boy Baits flipping jig with a Zoom Pro Chunk and casting a white spinnerbait and ChatterBait. Colors vary from green pumpkin to black/blue, depending on water color. Really right now you can catch fish so many ways...

Latest Lanier Fishing Report
Lanier April 2014 Fishing Report
Lanier: Level: Full pool. Temp: Low 50s. Clarity: Clear.

Spots: Fair. Guide Ryan Coleman reports, “The spotted bass have been a little stubborn the past few weeks for us here on Lanier, but I think things will pick up soon. As I write this, most of the bigger spotted bass are out roaming the open water and have not committed to the shallows. You can catch a few big ones up shallow, but not the quantity we are used to on Lanier. As the water warms, look for more of the big...

Latest Oconee Fishing Report
Oconee April 2014 Fishing Report
Oconee: Level: Full pool. Temp: 55-62 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Great. Tournament angler Aaron Batson reports, “Huge numbers of fish are shallow in 1 to 3 feet of water looking to fatten up for the spawn that is about to bust loose. Work any shallow cover very slow with Texas-rigged Zoom lizards, Wackem Crazy Baits Big Tater Bug and a Senko. Good colors are junebug, black or redbug. Fish the cover slowly, just like there is a bedded bass on every piece of cover, even...

Latest Russell Fishing Report
Russell April 2014 Fishing Report
Russell: Level: Full pool. Temp: Low 50s. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Guide Bill Speers reports, “This month will allow you to choose your technique as you can catch fish in prespawn, spawn or postspawn phase. If you like looking for late prespawners, head toward the southern end of the lake as this section will warm last. The fish will take flat-sided crankbaits like the good old faithful Bomber Flat-A or a Thundershad coffin-bill. I have had considerable luck on the Greenfish...

Latest Saltwater Fishing Report
Saltwater April 2014 Fishing Report
Saltwater: Inshore & Nearshore: Capt. David Newlin reports, “Water temperature is now in the high 50s and low 60s. The trout bite is starting, and most of the fish have been in 10 to 14 feet of water. Live shrimp under a cork or fished on a bottom rig with a light weight has been the most productive method. The trout will start moving shallower as the water temperature gets warmer. The redfish bite has been good. Live shrimp have been the most productive bait. Most of the fish have...

Latest Seminole Fishing Report
Seminole April 2014 Fishing Report
Seminole: Level: 0.9 feet above full pool. Temp: 62 degrees. Clarity: Muddy.

Bass: Good. Tournament angler Matt Baty reports, “The bass are in two stages right now, either prespawn or spawn. The prespawn fish are still staging near spawning flats and mouths of spawning coves. These prespawners can be picked off with shallow-running crankbaits such as a Spro Fat John in citrus shad or either a bladed jig in black/blue with a Big Bite Baits 5-inch Cane Thumper in hematoma as...

Latest Sinclair Fishing Report
Sinclair April 2014 Fishing Report
Sinclair: Level: 1.5 feet low. Temp: 57-60 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Great. Tournament angler Aaron Batson reports, “Fish are stacked up in the backs of coves looking to spawn. They are feeding on shad and bluegill. Good baits have been square-billed crankbaits, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits. Good fish are still being caught on 3/8-oz. Net Boy Baits flipping jigs with a Wackem Crazy Baits Big Tater Bug in black/blue. Look for the buzzbait bite to start this month,...

Latest Tobesofkee Fishing Report
Tobesofkee April 2014 Fishing Report
Tobesofkee: Level: Full pool. Temp: 53 to 59 degrees. Clarity: Stained.

Bass: Tournament angler Clayton Batts reports, “The lake is stained with all the recent rain, but the bass fishing has been good. Look for fish moving up and getting ready to spawn. Fish the dead grass that is in the pockets with a black/blue Secret Lures swim jig and a chartreuse/white spinnerbait. Fish the docks in these pockets with a Big Bite Baits Yomama in hematoma. As the lake begins to clear and...

Latest Weiss Fishing Report
Weiss April 2014 Fishing Report
Weiss: Level: 1.9 feet below full pool. Temp: 54-60 degrees. Clarity: Stained. Up to 2-foot visibility.

Bass: Good. Brandon Owens reports, “With the warmer days, start looking for a lot more of the fish to move up shallow. Start the day with an XCalibur Xr50 rattle bait in chrome and black or Rayburn red on ledges. Later in the day as the sun gets high, fish a Strike King chartreuse-and-white 1/2-oz. spinnerbait in less than 5 feet of water in the backs of coves and around...

Latest West Point Fishing Report
West Point April 2014 Fishing Report
West Point: Level: 2.9 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 50s; some low 60s on the south end on warm afternoons. Clarity: The main run north of 219 is more stained and a bit cooler than the larger creeks.

Bass: Good. Guide Keith Hudson reports, “As water temps rise into the low 60s, expect the largemouth bass to quickly move shallow and feed like crazy before the spawn. Try throwing Rat-L-Traps in chrome/blue back in clear water or red/crawfish in stained water. Some of the...

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