Lake Allatoona Fishing Report – September 2020

GON Staff | August 29, 2020

Allatoona: Level: 0.7 above full. Temp: 85 degrees. Clarity: 5 feet.

Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “September fish are still in a summer type pattern, but as cool mornings persist, we will see fishing get much better toward the end of the month. Fishing in September means it’s time to get back on the move. The topwater bite begins to pick up as fish start their fall feed up. September is just the tip of the iceberg for this pattern. It will get much better in October. I like to start the morning with a buzzbait and a hard swimbait in the upper Etowah end of the lake. Fish will get shallower and tighter to cover as the month goes on. The largemouth bite picks up as temps slowly drop. The Picasso Rhino head and a Roboworm or a Picasso Little Spotty jig work great on secondary points and bluff walls. This pattern will hold solid for a while. Keep an eye out for shad movement.”

Allatoona Summer Spotted Bass, Mapped for Day And Night Bite

Linesides: Robert Eidson, of First Bite Guide Service, reports, “We are still catching decent numbers, but we are having to run and gun right now. The fish are on the move and aren’t staying in one location for very long. Downlining shad is still working, but shad are dying very quickly on a hook. Be sure to take plenty of bait with you. Downlines fished 14 to 21 feet deep are working best right now. The dissolved oxygen level is so low below 21 feet that bait is dying in less than five minutes on a hook. Netting bait isn’t that hard right now. If netting isn’t your thing, Joe’s Mart on Bells Ferry Road normally has shiners and shad in stock. I have caught fish the past couple of weeks as far north as Kellogg’s Creek and as far south as Allatoona Landing. These fish are on the move and never seem to be in the same place the next day. The trolling bite has been my better bite the last few weeks, and this will probably hold true into the middle of September. I am pulling nothing but umbrella rigs right now. Color doesn’t seem to matter. It is more of a reaction bite right now. I have been having my best luck at 145 feet behind the boat at speeds between 2.4 to 3.1 mph.”

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