a great guide season this year and looking forward to the peak fall
bite from mid October until around Christmas, so book your trips now to
insure your date !! ---The fishing report remains pretty much the same
for August.With the expected hot temperatures , go early or stay late
for the best results. Water temps remain in the upper 80 and low 90's.
The lake is a little low , currently a couple of feet or so.
Bass: Fair at best- A few of the
largemouth have finally shown up on some of the deeper structure as the water
temps heated up over the last few weeks. Zoom Ol’ Monster worms either
Texas- or Carolina -rigged, or a Bomber Fat Free 7 or 8 crankbait in
citrus shad are a couple of the favorite baits for exploring the
offshore structures. Old roadbeds, pond dams, channel ledges, etc.,
especially those with fresh brushpiles, will hold some good bass.--- Most
of the tournament-winning sacks continue to come from private brushpiles.- A few guys
put in the work and usually reap the rewards. Over the last few years
at least a few of our largemouth have decided to stay shallow all
summer. Shallow-water baits such as unweighted Trick Worms, flukes,
Senkos, buzzbaits and SPRO Poppin Frogs seem to catch at least some bass all
summer. The trick is to fish these baits in or near cover. It is usually an
early bite. Concentrate on areas north of the 219 bridge. Another fairly
productive pattern is to fish jigs around trees. It won’t produce a lot
of bites, and you are going to lose or break some off, but a kicker fish
may be your reward.--- The spotted bass will at least keep the day interesting for
you. Carolina-rigged finesse worms or a Tommy Head rigged with a Zoom
Shakey Head worm are good choices for them. Try fishing bridge pilings,
blowdowns, gravel banks or shoal markers. Usually when you catch one,
there are others in the same area.
Linesides: Good.-- Expect the topwater fishing to continue to be the best very early and very late or on overcast or rainy days. A popping cork rig has been working well on these schooling 1- to 3-lb. fish. A 3/8 or 1/2-oz. white Rooster Tail, a chrome C.C. Spoon and a number of other small shad imitators have been producing. The mouths of most creeks south of the 109 bridge and the flats around Amity Park have been holding fish. Trolling with mid-depth crankbaits and Alabama Rigs has also been producing some linesides in these same areas.---The fish are keying on mostly small shad. Downlining with shad or bass shiners should continue to be at least fairly effective . Freelining a live bait will also work at times. Most of the fish seem to be holding 20 to 30 feet deep when they are not schooling on the surface.
Crappie: Fair ---Yellow Jacket, Wolf and Whitewater creeks are still producing some crappie. Try fishing the smallest minnows you can find or a 1/16-oz. or smaller jig around brushpiles and blowdowns in 10 to 15 feet of water. Concentrate on trees and brush that are close to the old creek channels.-- Pitching or shooting docks with small tube or feather jigs around or under the docks is also a very good technique during the summer. As usual, crappie seem to love shade and cover.-- The night fishing has been pretty good and you can beat the heat that way. Tie up under a bridge, put out some lights, tightline some minnows, and relax.
Catfish: Good. -- Try using worms or cut bait fished on the bottom for good catches of channel cats. Bottle fishing is also a fun way to catch a good mess of cats. Channel cats bite well over most of the lake and are way under fished. -- For big flatheads, try using a big live bream. Most of the best flathead fishing is in the deeper holes north of 219 bridge in the main Chattahoochee River run. Fish the baits on bottom, and be prepared with some heavy gear if you expect to land a big one. Don’t be surprised if you hook in to a bonus striper in the same areas.
THIS WEEK’S PERSONAL LOGKEITH HUDSON'S Guide Service -Catching schooling mixed fish on popping cork rigs early & late right now .----- The lake level is back around 3 feet below full pool.The water is very clear over most of the lake. Water temperatures are basically ranging around 85-90 degrees . ----You can call 706 645 -2929 for the daily lake level and generation schedule.