Air Temp: High: 95 - Low: 68 

Wind: Up to 12 Mph

Lake Level: 840' (Click Here For Current Water Level)

Water Temp: 80-82 

Water Clarity: Clear

Area Fished: North Lake (Little River Area), S Turns To Victoria, Blockhouse (Tanyard/Clark Creek Area), Galt's Ferry & Kellogg Creek

Jigs Used: Splatter Back Dagger, UV Shad Dagger, Lectric Chicken Dagger, Motor Oil Red Dagger and MayFly Dagger

Technique: Casting Soft Plastic Jigs & Spider Rigging

Allatoona Weekly Crappie Fishing Report

The heat is bearing down on us on Lake Allatoona but the morning and evening crappie bite is still going strong! The rule of thumb for summer crappie fishing on Lake Allatoona is to get on the water just before sunrise and off the water by lunch, once the sun gets up and hot it's time for a sandwich and a nap. If you can't go in the morning, the evening bite is strong the last hour of daylight into the night. It's summer time folks and for the next few months, the methods will be the same as mentioned in previous reports. 

Spider Rigging is the preferred method for this time of year by crappie anglers and the crappie themselves. 4 to 6 12' rods positioned in the front of the boat with a small crappie minnow lowered to various depths between 8' to 16' over and around a brush pile or deep water structure. If you are serious about crappie fishing in the summer, you will need a spider rig set up on your boat. Now, if you are a bank angler, a slip bobber set up and a minnow will work for you around bridges, points that are situated close to a creek bend and fishing jetties. If you need more information on "Lake Allatoona Bank Fishing", do an internet search and there are some good articles and tips for locations and technique. 

Spider rigging wasn't the only technique that works as we are catching several casting to brush using Forward Facing Sonar or "FFS". We were able to hook a few this week in the early morning casting to the deep brush using a 3/32nd oz. jig head and Red Rooster Daggers in natural colors. One of our tricks during the summer time and on windy days is to use a 3/32nd oz. jig head as it gets down to the 10' - 12' depth in half the time as it does when we use a 1/16th oz. jig head. 

Doug (see image below), a long time friend and Red Rooster Pro Staff swears by a 3/32nd oz jig head and a Dagger in either Splatter Back, UV Shad or Watermelon Ghost this time of year because the water is so clear and the crappie are deep. He says that he has watched crappie come in from 15' to 20' away to hit the Dagger! Like a lightening bolt on a mission to get dinner! 

This time of year it's hot, the air is hot and the lake is hot so the crappie are gonna be deep looking for cooler water with lots of oxygen and not as active as they would be in 55-65 degree water. Most folks fish for crappie during the spawn when they are active but Crappie can be caught year around as long as you understand their patterns and hideouts. The summer pattern will not change until at least September/October when the water starts to cool and the crappie start moving around again. Be safe out there and wear your life jackets as boat traffic is in full swing. Remember to keep only the crappie that you need and release the rest to keep our great fishery strong for generations to come! Lord willing the weather will cooperate and we will bring you another report next week! God Bless and Be Safe!

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