Lake Allatoona Fishing Report – May 2019
Allatoona: Level: Full pool. Temp: 68 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain.
Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “The month of May on Allatoona is a fun one. The spawn is ending, and plenty of postspawn bass are eating. May is probably the best month on Allatoona for topwater fishing. The walking-style baits reign supreme. Baits like the Zara Spook, Spro Dawg and the Lucky Craft Gunfish are hard to beat. It helps the action of the bait to throw it on 20-lb. Sunline FX1 braid. This month we are targeting areas with rock and clay banks. The shad are spawning, and the bass are taking advantage of it. The best bite is from just before daybreak until around 9 o’clock. The Allatoona Creek arm of the lake near the Block House has been very productive. Keep your eye out for schooling fish. If the schooling fish stop breaking the surface and quit hitting topwater, the DUO Realis Spin and the fluke bite gets good. After the morning action subsides, my go-to is the 3/16-oz. Picasso Shakedown and a 6-inch Big Bite finesse worm thrown on 7-lb. Sniper fluorocarbon line. A good sensitive rod like the Shimano Expride helps tremendously. The bad thing about this month is the pleasure boat traffic picks up. Be safe, and have fun.”
Linesides: Good. Guide Robert Eidson reports, “The spawn run is almost over. 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 your Lowrance on or around most points, humps and flats. Good electronics can be a big help during the summer months. Summer time is awesome for numbers on Lake Allatoona.”
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