Lake Allatoona | March Weekly Crappie Fishing Report | 3-8-24

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Air Temp: High: 72 - Low: 53 

Wind: Up to 15 Mph

Lake Level: 837' and rising  (Click Here For Current Water Level)

Water Temp: 52 - 62 (Shallow areas are starting to warm up quick!)

Water Clarity: Mild to Heavy Stain - The lake has a lot of debris due to the heavy rains making trolling tougher than normal

Area Fished: North Lake (Little River Area), S Turns To Victoria,& Blockhouse (Tanyard/Clark Creek Area) - Target Mouth to Mid Creek

Jigs Used: MoonBug Slab Dragon, Sour Grape Slab Dragon, Lemonade Slab DragonTre's Gold Kic'n Chic'n, Mardi Gras Small Fry and GoldCrush Dagger

Technique: Trolling

Allatoona Weekly Crappie Fishing Report

Boy this really making it tough fishing! The rains this past week did a number on the lake...the lake level is rising rapidly towards full pool and with the amount of rainfall the trash (pine straw, leaves, pine cones, sticks, logs...etc.) is making trolling real tough! Be careful out there and be on the lookout for big logs out on the lake. The fishing is up and down due to the rain fronts and pressure shifts. 

Saturday was a great day as we landed 56! Several 1.5 or better slabs...with the biggest weighing in at 2.38 lbs! The next two days the weather was perfect but the crappie would not bite. The bite slowed tremendously with only 15 caught one day and 6 caught the next. The rains came back in on Tuesday & Wednesday and added more trash to the lake. Thursday was perfect weatherwise but the lake suffered from all of the rain and debris...we struggled to boat 15 crappie. 

The crappie are starting to move shallow with the warmer waters as they are gearing up to spawn. When I say shallow, I mean they could be in 3' of water in the back of the creeks and spawning pockets. You will need to go to the back of the creeks in 2-3' of water and troll the shallow areas as close to the bank as you can. You will need to use 1/32 or 1/24th oz jig heads to catch these shallow crappie. Don't be afraid to bump the bottom with your jigs because the crappie may be sitting right on the bottom. Don't be surprised if you land some sho' nuff slabs dragging the mud! If the temperatures drop and the water changes temperature the crappie may move back out deeper so you may need to adapt and go back to a 1/16th oz jig jig head if that happens. 

Trolling speeds may be anywhere between .5 to .9 mph depending on depth and how active the crappie are. Remember, if you find the depth of crappie and they stop biting...change colors!

 If you are new to crappie fishing and/or crappie fishing on Lake Allatoona, book a trip with either Jeff "Crappieman" Albright of CrappieMan Allatoona Crappie Guide Service or Jake Turner of Main Line Fishing Charters. They are Red Rooster Pro Staffers and will put you on fish!

Lord willing we will have another fishing report for you next week! Remember, keep only the crappie you can eat and release the others to keep our crappie population strong for years to come!

Make sure to download the Red Rooster Long Line Trolling Guide for tips on how to troll for Allatoona Crappie.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.” ~ Psalms 91:2

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