Lake Weiss Fishing Report – July 2010
Weiss: Level: 0.1 feet below full pool. Temp: 86 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Very good. “Largemouths and spotted bass are up on the flats early and are being caught on all types of topwater baits,” said guide Warren Barnes. “The best producers are hard baits like the Jackall Bonnie or the SK Pop. Buzz Frogs are also producing on seawalls. Later in the day I have been catching some good fish using Revenge jigs or a shaky-head paired with a Jackall Flickshake worm on the ledges and docks close to the main river. On windy days I have been loading up on schools of bass in the same areas using a chartreuse-and-white Tackle Doctor spinnerbait. As we look forward into August, I would look for the daytime ledges and docks to still be the prime pattern. Although, because these fish see so much pressure, try downsizing your baits and using smaller jigs or craw baits like the Jackall Cover Craw. The nighttime bass fishing action will be in full swing, as well. I like using black-and-chartreuse jigs, black spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Because of all the underwater obstructions, navigating Lake Weiss at night can be hazardous. Please use extreme caution.” Guide Mark Collins said some good largemouths and spotted bass are being caught on offshore structure. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics are catching these fish. Some fish are being caught flipping docks with a jig or tube. Bass are starting to show up on the old river- and creek-channel ledges, also. A Senko worm in green pumpkin/chartreuse or junebug/chartreuse, Carolina rigged, is working awesome on these offshore fish.”
Crappie: Fair. “A few fish are being caught under docks on 1/24-oz. Jiffy Jigs,” Mark said. “Some good fish are also being caught under lights at night off the deeper docks on live minnows and jigs.”
Striper: Good. Mark said, “They are starting to show up in the main lake and the Cave Hole in Little River. Live shad downlined 8 to 10 feet deep and freelined on the old Coosa River and Little River channel ledges and main-lake points and humps is the way to catch these summer stripers.”
Catfish: Good. “They are being caught in the flats and coves in 4 to 10 feet of water on cut shad,” Mark said.
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