GKF Classic Post – Lake Allatoona
Kayak fishing Lake Allatoona
Whenever I get a chance, I get my kayak and head to Lake Allatoona for some fishing. Allatoona is full of fishing opportunities; largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, hybrid bass, striped bass and crappie are all waiting to be caught. And with 30 to 60 thousand striped bass fingerlings stocked yearly, they should be jumping in the yak. Think again. Fishing can be very tough on Allatoona giving it the nickname “The Dead Sea”.
I target striped bass, hybrid and white bass. My rod of choice is a medium to light spinning with 17lb fluorocarbon mainline, tied to a 1oz sinker and then 15lb fluorocarbon leader, finished off with a 1/0 or 2/0 hook depending on bait size. I also carry a spinning rod with 12lb test mono and a white super fluke ready to cast to surfacing fish. In late spring and early summer when the white bass are feeding on top, ultralight gear is the way to go.
Striper fishing is best from October to June. There are many striper fishing techniques, but being lazy, I prefer slow trolling a downlined or freelined shiner or better yet 3 inch bream.
Hybrid fishing is best in the summer for catching large numbers. I usually target the 25 foot depth range for summer Hybrids. Winter is the best time for a larger hybrid. I don’t always use live bait for Hybrids, cut bait fished on the bottom works just as well a lot of the time.
Allatoona has great white bass runs up the Etowah and Little River areas in the Spring. Live minnows or anything that imitates said minnow can give you quick action. Later in the Spring they school up in the main lake and will fall to the same bait and lures.
Some of my favorite places to fish Allatoona are between Red Top and the Dam. This area is great late spring for topwater white bass. And while I am reeling in that white bass on my ultralight, I have a downline ready to get that striper or hybrid. If you want to specifically target hybrids take a paddle above and below Galt’s ferry boat ramp, this is a year round hot spot for hybrids. Other areas to fish would be Iron hill area any time of the year, Etowah above Knox bridge in April, and if that is too crowded fish Stamp creek or Allatoona creek. And don’t forget the beaches in April for those BIG stripers.
Hope to see you out there