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Latest Allatoona Fishing Report
Allatoona July 2014 Fishing Report
Allatoona: Level: Full pool. Temp: 84 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Linesides: Excellent. Guide Robert Eidson reports, “Lineside fishing is great, and the topwater bite is off the charts. There are monster schools of hybrids and white bass busting topwater all over the lake right now. At times you can see good numbers of different schools busting topwater at the same time. These fish are feeding on very small shad. Our best bite this week has been on live bait fished on downlines...

Latest Bartletts Ferry Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry July 2014 Fishing Report
Bartletts Ferry: Level: 1.1 feet below full pool. Temp: 82 degrees. Clarity: The main lake has a moderate stain.

Bass: Dennis Hudson, a tournament director and competitor, says bass fishing has been good at night. “It has been taking about 19 pounds to win most of the night tournaments with an occasional 17-lb. bag winning,” he said. “There’s not much happening during the day. Hollow-body SPRO frogs are taking a lot of nighttime fish around the weeds, and...

Latest Blue Ridge Fishing Report
Blue Ridge July 2014 Fishing Report
Blue Ridge: Level: Full pool but fluctuating because of TVA. Temp: 80-82 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Guide Eric Crowley reports, “Blue Ridge bass have moved into their summer homes and are trying to beat the heat like the rest of us. Spots and largemouth are going to spend the better part of the day in or around some sort of shade. Trees, docks, rocks—anything that casts a shadow in water from 8 to 30 feet will have bass on it. If not, they are near it. Soft...

Latest Carters Fishing Report
Carters July 2014 Fishing Report
Carters: Level: 0.8 feet above full pool. Temp: 81-83 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Eric Crowley reports, “‘It’s hot outside, and like us, bass don’t like to lay in the heat all day. They have moved down in the water column, some suspended and some on deep structure. The fish on the structure are pretty easy to find and just as easy to catch. Drop shots and small spoons in herring or shad color will all get bit when fished near cover. If you’re...

Latest Clarks Hill Fishing Report
Clarks Hill July 2014 Fishing Report
Clarks Hill: Level: 0.7 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Jon Hair reports, “Fishing is still pretty good on the Hill. In the Potash Tournament June 7, it took 24 pounds to win. Most of the herring spawn is over, and the fish have moved out to the humps. I try to concentrate on humps that have both deep and shallow-water access—
a hump where the river channel swings by should be really good. Rock and wood are the structures to...

Latest Eufaula Fishing Report
Eufaula July 2014 Fishing Report
Eufaula: Level: 1.2 feet above full pool. Temp: 82 degrees. Clarity: Stained to muddy.

Bass: Sam Williams reports, “The fronts and constant weather changes are still keep the fish confused, and it’s keeping the fishermen on their toes. The full moon last month set up some great fishing for the Alabama Children’s Classic Bass Tournament. It took 22.81 pounds for Jeff and Paul Aul to win. The fishing was excellent—we paid 15 places, and 18.31 pounds did not...

Latest Hartwell Fishing Report
Hartwell July 2014 Fishing Report
Hartwell: Level: 0.3 feet above full pool. Temp: 83 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament pro and guide Trad Whaley said the daytime bite is very good, but the night bite has been slow to develop this summer. “The spotted bass are loaded up in the brush on the reef markers and main-lake humps and points. First try topwater like a chrome Sammy or fluke, and then get right over the brush and drop-shot. You can catch a bigger largemouth over the brush every once in a...

Latest Jackson Fishing Report
Jackson July 2014 Fishing Report
Jackson: Level: 1.2 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Stained in the rivers, and clear in the main lake.

Bass: Tournament pro Eric Perkins reports, “Fishing has slowed down, but the mayfly hatch is in full swing. If you get on the right one, you can load the boat pretty quickly. Ride around and look for birds and ducks feeding on them. I like a black/brown 3/8-oz. Net Boy Baits Flipping Jig with a green-pumpkin trailer and a black/brown ChatterBait when fishing a...

Latest Lanier Fishing Report
Lanier July 2014 Fishing Report
Lanier: Level: 0.2 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Clear except for light stain in the very backs of some creeks.

Spotted Bass: Good Guide Ryan Coleman reports, “We have had a few 90-degree days, and that has shot the water temps up. The water clarity is extremely good, which is better for us during the summer since we fish so many sight baits. The spotted bass have finished the spawn now and are starting to gang up on the offshore structure. I am finding good...

Latest Oconee Fishing Report
Oconee July 2014 Fishing Report
Oconee: Level: Full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Light stain to clear.

Bass: Fair. Tournament angler Aaron Batson reports, “Hot days have pushed the bass into solid summertime patterns. Deep points, ledges and humps are holding the majority of the fish. Look in 16 to 26 feet of water. Brush on an area can help. A 3/4-oz. Net Boy Baits football jig in green pumpkin, Carolina-rigged Wackem Crazy Baits Big Sissy worm and big deep-diving crankbaits are all that you need to...

Latest Russell Fishing Report
Russell July 2014 Fishing Report
Russell: Level: 0.9 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Tournament pro and guide Trad Whaley reports, “You can catch spotted bass all you want, but everything is about a month behind this year. The fish are still in that 8- to 10-foot range and haven’t started getting deep. The largemouth are not setting up in timber and suspending yet. We tried them again Friday (June 20), and that was after we had 90-degree days all week, and they...

Latest Saltwater Fishing Report
Saltwater July 2014 Fishing Report
Saltwater: Inshore & Nearshore: Capt. July Helmey reports, “For those inshore fishermen who just want to catch fish, I suggest purchasing or catching some live shrimp. This is the No. 1 bait that all fish like. When it comes to fishing with live shrimp, there are several good presentations. There is the traditional adjustable float, which comes in all sizes from super large to mini sizes. This is a great float because you can quickly adjust your depth. Then there is the ever-popular...

Latest Seminole Fishing Report
Seminole July 2014 Fishing Report
Seminole: Level: 0.7 feet below full pool. Temp: . Clarity: Clearing.

Bass: Excellent. Tournament angler Matt Baty reports, “The latest bass tournament on the lake was the Southern Big Bass Battle. There were 16 hourly weigh-ins, and it took a 7-pounder to win nearly every single time! Needless to say the bass are really biting on Seminole right now. There are several different ways to catch them. The big bass are being caught on frogs near the bank. You can fish lily pads,...

Latest Sinclair Fishing Report
Sinclair July 2014 Fishing Report
Sinclair: Level: 1.4 feet below full pool. Temp: Mid 80s. Clarity: Lightly stained to clear at the dam.

Bass: Slow. Tournament angler Aaron Batson reports, “Bass fishing is tough. Look for a few topwater bites during the early morning hours. Try a Buzzerbait buzzbait around seawalls and grass. Look for stuff very close to main river channels. Once the sun gets up, move out to deeper areas in 12 to 20 feet of water. We are also catching some keepers on 3/16-oz. Net Boy Bait...

Latest Tobesofkee Fishing Report
Tobesofkee July 2014 Fishing Report
Tobesofkee: Level: Full pool. Temp: 82-84 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Good. Tournament pro Clayton Batts reports, “The fish that are deep are in schools on main-lake humps and points in 12 to 18 feet of water. These fish can be caught on a variety of baits once they are located on your Lowrance. Start out throwing a Spro Little John DD in nasty shad or citrus shad. Once the fish slow down, you can switch to a Secret Lures football jig in candy craw with a Big Bite Baits...

Latest Weiss Fishing Report
Weiss July 2014 Fishing Report
Weiss: Level: 0.2 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Lightly stained.

Bass: Guide and tournament pro Warren Barnes reports, “Bass fishing on Weiss is great right now. The bass are in the summer mode all over the lake. Because of the recent high water, the early morning bite is awesome all over the lake. Strike King buzzbaits and topwaters like the Sexy Dawg are working great on the flats and around docks early in the morning. As for the buzzbaits, I have been...

Latest West Point Fishing Report
West Point July 2014 Fishing Report
West Point: Level: Full pool. Temp: 80-85 degrees. Clarity: Mostly clear.

Bass: Fair. “Fishing for largemouth has been slowly starting to improve over the last few weeks and hopefully will continue to get better,” said guide Keith Hudson. “High water levels, bream beds and the mayfly hatch continue to keep at least some of the largemouth pushed into shallow water. This year we have seen a continued bite on shallow-water baits such as SPRO Poppin Frogs, Zoom Super...

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