Line-sides: Very Good!!
The summer bite is in full swing. We are catching a ton of fish downlining and pulling umbrella rigs on the south end of the lake.
The dissolved oxygen levels have plummeted up north, and the fish have all moved south to between Bartow-Carver and the dam. Check Clear, Stamp, McKaskey creeks and Cooper Branch on up to the Bethany Bridge area and into the Allatoona Creek Arm.
The thermocline is starting to set up at about 28 feet, and we are catching all of our fish either downlining or trolling u-rigs between 18-28 feet. Downlining a threadfin shad is absolutely the best bite on the lake, with trolling running a close second.
But remember we are in the Dog Days of summer and shad will die quickly on the line, so take a lot of bait or keep a bucket of shiners as a back-up. They’re biting shiners about 25 percent, as well as hitting the threadfins.
You’ll need to match the size of your hook to the size of your bait or the fish won’t hit. For example, a size 6 Gamakatsu octopus on a medium shiner is a good match. When using smaller hooks, be sure to use quality hooks, so the fish don’t straighten them out.
The Awesome topwater bite we had is gone. I have ridden from one end of the lake to the other this week. I saw very little topwater activity. Hopefully it will pick back up soon.
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