Air Temp: High: 59 - Low: 12
Wind: Up to 15 Mph with Gusts up to 25+
Water Temp: 41 - 43
Water Clarity: Heavy Stain to Muddy
Area Fished: North Lake (Little River Area), Galt's Ferry/Illinois Creek Area & Deep Water Docks
Technique: Shooting Docks, Long Poling and Trolling
Allatoona Weekly Crappie Fishing Report:
To say it was cold this past week would be an understatement! Truth be told there were only 2 days worth fishing this past week but we were able to get out on Monday & Thursday and catch a few.
Monday, we had a team that had some success using the "long poles" between Galt's and Illinois Creek. If you are not familiar with long pole crappie fishing it can be a lot of fun in difficult situations. Basically, you use a longer rod such as a 12'-14' rod and you use that extra rod length to vertical fish over structure such as stumps and brush piles. When the lake is heavy stained to muddy those crappie are close to the surface...as in 1 foot to 4 foot off the surface. You can use the long pole and forward facing sonar to pick up a few surface crappie.
Also, on Monday we had a team member shooting some deep water docks and had great success using a watermelon ghost dagger and a black and blue dagger. There are a few areas on the lake that have docks positioned in consistent deep water all year round regardless of drawdown. We are not going to tell you where they are...but if you have a map of Allatoona...you will find them.
On Thursday, we had a team member who had some success trolling in the Little River area. Thursday, was by far the best day to be on the water this week as temperatures made it to a high of 50 degrees with little to no wind...a good day to troll. The lake is heavy stained to muddy so the crappie are close to the surface. During times like this you want to be trolling a 1/32 oz jig head and a 1/24 oz jig head between .7 and .9 mph to pull the jigs up high where the crappie are looking for food. The Black and Blue Georgia Razor and Blue Glimmer Small Fry did well trolling this week.
Make sure to download the Red Rooster Long Line Trolling Guide for tips on how to troll for Allatoona Crappie.
Hopefully this report will help you the next time you are crappie fishing on Lake Allatoona. Lord willing we will have another great report next week!