Lake Allatoona is right around 830' - 10' below full pool. The coming rains this weekend should maintain your current launch points just fine. Water surface temps are between 53-57°, depending on locale. There's a really good chance of being baptized on Saturday with a cool rain and there's a Sunday brrrrr to follow. Dress accordingly and be prepared for beautiful views
The stripers, hybrids, white bass, spots, and crappie are eating threadfin and gizzard shad very nicely. Presenting exactly that to them is typically a win. The Bait Shack and Joe's Mart have those fresh and frisky critters if you'd rather save time hunting and gathering bait - which is mostly deep on Allatoona through today.The Dugout Bait and Tackle maintains a full array of serious terminal and artificial arsenal and has a super sweet stocked pond that has some nice trout, catfish and bass waiting to be caught. All three have frisky minnows and they are our local go-to's for most things fishing these days and we are glad they are there.
- Downlines at right around 20 have been a good way to start, but do work the layers if you have multiple rods. Trust your electronics if you have them.
- Freelines are working equally well, and you should at least start out with one or more to see if that is the presentation du jour.
-Trolling A-/U-Rigs definitely had their moments when we took time to cast and pull them last week. We simply enjoy feeding them the real thing at a much slower roll when in a honey hole.
- Spoons 'n' such. - If you are willing to work it, artificial bite experience can be gained as well as put to use right now. All the species will eat a little Foley spoon, Flexi-spoon and even larger flutter spoons worked through the strike zone. Cast with a pendulum drop or move to vertical jigging to see what they want most and do just that.
-We do hope some of the information we share is found useful for you on your upcoming trip.
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