Ken Sturdivant, Lowrance Professional
Fishing Staff will be conducting FREE! Sonar Seminars at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor
World in Lawrenceville Georgia. All seminars are the last Saturday of the month
and start at 2pm. All seminars are
subject to change without notice.
See samples of the
New Lowrance HDS Structure Scan Down Scan at this address:
Now you can order 50 G P
S Way Points by Mark Collins for both Bass and Crappie Fishing for Lake Weiss.
Cost is $99.00 for all 50. Check or Money Order only, (NO CREDIT CARDS).
Southern Fishing Schools Inc. 106 Hickory Ridge, Cumming Georgia 30040
WAYPOINTS ARE $99.00 FOR
(waypoints are not
Our DVD, Rods, Reels and Lures for Bass
is now on sale for only $25.00 including shipping. Send a check payable to
Southern Fishing Schools Inc. to: Southern Fishing Schools Inc to 106 Hickory
Ridge Drive, Cumming Georgia. Please allow 14 days for delivery.
May 17, 2013
LAKE WEISS IS AT 0.04 FEET ABOVE FULL POOL AND STAINED AND 68-70 DEGREES BY MARK
COLLINS GUIDE SERVICE
We have for sale 50 of Mark Collins proven GPS waypoints for off shore structure
for Bass and Crappie fishing on Weiss Lake Alabama. You will get the coordinates
and then you need to know how to load them into your GPS equipment. Contact email@example.com
for a sample and details.
Bass fishing is fair and most of the bass have spawned and started moving to the
grass beds, shallow docks and sea walls. Jigs, worms and shallow running crank
baits and spinner baits are catching a lot of fish.
Striper fishing is poor and they are still up the rivers on their spawning run,
look for them to start moving back to the lake over the next few weeks.
Crappie fishing is fair and most crappie have moved to deep brush and cover on
the old river channel ledges 8 to 14 feet deep. Spider rigging with live minnows
is the way to catch these post spawn crappie.
If you would like to have a free set up sheet for your sonar, send me an e mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the “Sonar Setup Quick List”.
We have these books for sale: “BASS FISHING ON WEST POINT LAKE”, “BASS FISHING
LAKE RUSSELL”, “BASS FISHING WEST POINT LAKE” and “BASS FISHING LAKE HARTWELL”.
These books are written by Tim White and Ken Sturdivant and each one has over 65
locations exclusively for bass and covers every week of the year. Each book
$39.00. If you would like a sample of any book, send us an e mail to
email@example.com. Our mailing address is: Southern Fishing Schools
Inc. 106 Hickory Ridge, Cumming Georgia 30040.
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Lake Weiss The lower Coosa River from
Mayo’s Lock and Dam near Rome to the Georgia Alabama state line is the Georgia
portion of Weiss Reservoir, an Alabama Power project. This portion encompasses
approximately 2,000 acres of river and shallow backwater habitats. A “Guide to
Fishing the Coosa River” in PDF format (645 kB) contains access and fishing tip
information and a color map with river mile designations. The map can be
obtained at www.gofishgeorgia.com .
Boaters unfamiliar with the area should use caution when navigating outside of
the main river channel. Popular access points include Lock and Dam Park and the
Brushy Branch boat access both operated by the Rome Floyd County Recreation
Department. Both facilities have paved ramps, courtesy docks and ample parking.
The Lock and Dam Park also has bank fishing access, a bait shop, nature center,
camping, picnic and restroom facilities.
Lake Weiss carries the title of “crappie capital of the world” for good reason.
Despite heavy fishing pressure for crappie, an excellent forage base supports
the population resulting in quality fishing year after year. Slabs over 2 pounds
are routinely caught from these waters. Trolling small jigs or live minnows on
multiple rods is a favored method for locating crappie schools especially from
mid late winter. Anglers should also key in on downed shoreline trees and
logjams, as crappie will congregate in these areas especially in the post spawn
period. Anglers can download and print out a map of brush piles placed in the
Brushy Branch area of the lake by Georgia and Alabama Power and WRD at
www.gofishgeorgia.com . In late February through early April, white bass can be
caught as they make their annual spawning run up the Coosa River. A better than
average run of mature white bass should make for good spring fishing in 2008.
The River Road boat ramp upstream to Lock and Dam Park is a prime river stretch
for catching spawn run white bass. Key in on creek mouths and fallen trees with
good water flow around them in the main river. Hungry white bass congregate in
these areas waiting on food to pass by on the current. Anglers targeting white
bass should try casting small jigs and crank baits in shad patterns or use live
bait. Most likely, anglers will catch a mixed bag of white bass and crappie
using these techniques.
Striped bass fishing in the Coosa will be good in 2008, but the severe drought
last summer may limit the number of larger striped bass caught this year. Spring
run stripers are caught from the Lock and Dam upriver to the city of Rome. Live
or cut shad is the most popular bait, but a few stripers are fooled using
artificial lures such as bucktail jigs, shad colored crank baits, and large jerk
baits fished in swift water near fallen trees. After the spawn, stripers
disperse all over the Coosa River basin in search of cool waters to beat the
summer heat. These fish can be found hiding wherever there is cool water in the
rivers above Lake Weiss and the smaller tributaries to the lake. Find one of
these spots and striped bass could be on the menu all summer. When cooler fall
temperatures arrive, stripers will begin moving back toward the main lake where
anglers can find them chasing shad on the Coosa River. From mid to late winter
the area between Brushy Branch and the main body of Lake Weiss are good places
to find some winter striper action.
Largemouth bass numbers and quality continue to be good in the upper portion of
the lake. The average fish will weigh 1 2 pounds , with larger individuals
topping the 7 8 pounds range. Most bass fishing in this part of the lake is done
in the Brushy Branch area, but largemouth will be found in any of the backwater
tributaries off the main Coosa River channel. Such stump laden areas like Kings
Creek and Mt. Hope Creek hold plenty of largemouth, but must be boated with
Spotted bass occur in fair numbers in the upper sections of Weiss. Spotted bass
tend to stay in the main river channel and are generally a little smaller on the
average than largemouth. Spots over 4 pounds are available to anglers fishing
bluff banks and creek mouths along the Coosa River above Brushy Branch.
Blue, channel and flathead catfish of all sizes are abundant. The larger blue
catfish can top the 50 pounds range in the riverine portion of the lake. Fish
for these whiskered behemoths in and around log jams and undercut banks common
in this area. Cats can be taken with a number of unsavory baits, but anglers
should keep in mind most “pole breaker cats” are after live prey such as shad or
bream. Freshwater drum, smallmouth buffalo and suckers are extremely abundant in
this portion of the lake. The average drum is slightly over 12 inches, but be
prepared to hook into some bull drum over 20 inches in length. Bluegill,
redbreast sunfish and redear sunfish round out the fishing opportunity in the
Georgia portion of Lake Weiss.
A few anglers may encounter an odd looking fish they have never seen before in
Lake Weiss or its surrounding waters. The lake sturgeon, once a resident of the
Coosa River system, disappeared in the 1960s. Pollution and over fishing are
believed to have eliminated these archaic fishes from the river system.
Thankfully since then, water conditions have improved in the river and WRD has
begun to restock lake sturgeon in an effort to re establish this native fish.
Since their first stocking in 2002 more than 67,000 sturgeon fingerlings have
been released in the Coosa basin. This long term reintroduction project will
require annual stockings over the next 15 to 20 years to reestablish this native
fish. The species grows slowly and does not mature for 12 15 years so it is
important to protect them from harvest until they can reproduce and once again
support some limited harvest. As their name implies, they do have a tendency to
inhabit slow waters, which includes Lake Weiss. Anglers accidentally catching a
lake sturgeon should immediately release the fish unharmed. Fish hooked deep
will often survive if anglers cut the line near the hook and release the fish
with the hook. If you catch or otherwise see a sturgeon, please contact the
Calhoun WRD office (706 624 1161) to report the location from which the sturgeon
was caught. Such “sightings” are very helpful to biologists trying to assess the
survival and dispersal of these magnificent fish. Those wondering what impact
sturgeon will have on their favorite game species can rest easy. Because of its
low reproductive potential, the fish does not establish itself as a prominent
species making its impacts negligible. In fact, the sturgeon’s poor reproductive
potential has caused the species to be listed as rare or endangered throughout
most of its original range.