Lake Allatoona Fishing Report – June 2023

GON Staff | May 24, 2023

Allatoona: Level: 0.6 feet above 840. Temp: 74 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Fishing on Lake Allatoona continues to be great. Now that school is letting out and temperatures are getting warmer, there is a lot more boat traffic, but that should not deter you. The boat traffic does not affect the fish as much as you would think. Start off in the morning with topwater and slow-rolling a 4-inch paddletail swimbait. There are lots of schools of fish to be found early. Watch for surface activity. As the sun gets up, a jig, shaky head and a Carolina rig off long points in the 12- to 15-foot range have been good. Fish finesse worms and creature baits in green pumpkin with a chartreuse tail. Night fishing is getting better, and we should start seeing fish associate to boulders and brushpiles very soon. Keep an eye out on your fish finder for that top activity.”

Linesides: Guide Robert Eidson, of First Bite Guide Service, reports, “Good! The spawn run is over, and most of the fish are back on the main lake and are starting to set up on a summer pattern. Big schools of hybrids can be found anywhere from the S-turns to as far south as Tanyard Creek. The downrod bite is the most productive bite going on the lake right now. Fishing live shad at depths from 20 to 30 feet is producing for our boats from one end of the lake to the other. Our bait of choice has been big threadfins, with small gizzards running a close second. These fish can be found on or around most points, humps and flats. Good electronics can be a big help during the summer months. Summertime is awesome for numbers on Lake Allatoona.”

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Crappie: Robert DeHaas, of Red Rooster Custom Baits, reports, “The crappie in Allatoona are in their summer pattern. After the May full moon, usually the last of the spawning fish should now be recovered and ready to eat. Summer tactics are using your electronics to find the brush in the 16- to 20-foot range. The brush is not hard to find, but you need to put in your homework and mark waypoints. Early morning the fish will be suspended around the brush. You can catch those easily, so approach the brush in stealth mode. Turn your trolling motor on low and try not to bang the bottom of the boat. Cast to the sides of the structure to catch those suspended fish. Downsize your fishing line to 4- to 6-lb. test and use baits that are 1 1/2 inches long. Tip baits with a minnow or nibble. Don’t forget spider rigging with live bait. This is the technique to put fish in the boat. Present you bait just above the brush, trying not to hang up and disturb the fish in the pile. If you’re fortunate enough to own forward-facing sonar, then first thing in the morning cast beyond your target brushpile and keep the bait just above the tops of the brush while slowly swimming the bait over the structure. This will generate vicious strikes. The time you put in marking the brush will pay off in the long run. If you’re a weekend warrior, you already know how bad the boat traffic is. Being there at daylight and off by 11 a.m. is your best bet. The satisfaction of locating brush and finding these tasty fish make for a gratifying job well done. I’m throwing a Red Rooster Custom Baits 2-inch Georgia Razor or a Slab Dragon cut down slightly and pairing it with a 1/16- to 1/24-oz. jig head with a No. 4 hook. God bless.” 


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