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GEORGIA: Lake Allatoona – Medium Shiners and Shad are Working Equally Well

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Very good.

The fish are biting well, and we have been catching 15- to 30-fish on most trips, when at this time last year big shad kills had almost shut down the fishing.

The north end of the lake has been so muddy that it hasn’t been worth fishing.

Likewise, the south end — from Bethany Bridge to Tanyard — hasn’t been worth fishing either, mid-lake, from Duck Hole down to the dam is where most of the fish are.

There are a few fish being caught from Duck Hole to Harbortown, but the highest concentrations of fish are from Galts Ferry to Clear Creek, and there are huge schools of fish and tons of boats in the 1/2-mile stretch at Bartow Carver.

The last two weeks has almost been like a late-summer bite, in that downlines are the deal. The fish are anywhere from 25 to 50 feet deep, I suggested starting the morning with downlines at about 32 feet and then adjusting as you figure out where the fish are. Medium shiners and shad are working equally well as bait, with trout running a close third. Spoons are also a good option if the fish appear to be sitting near the bottom. A 1/4- to 1/2-oz. Flex-It in chartreuse will get gobbled as quickly as a live bait if the fish are on the bottom. An umbrella rig will also catch a few fish, but they won’t hit it in muddy water. Find the cleanest water available where you’re still marking fish before you pull a U-rig. His success with the U-rig has also come mid-lake.

Capt. Robert Eidson
First Bite Guide Service
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