Lake Allatoona

On Wednesday I met Frank Lillig at Lake Allatoona to get information for the September Georgia Outdoor News Map of the Month article. Frank is president of the Kennesaw College Bass Team and also Assistant Director of the ABA Division 125 Tournament trail that fishes Allatoona and Carters Lake.

Like many of the other college and high school fishermen I have done article with, I was impressed with his knowledge of bass fishing. And we had a cool rainy day!

Unfortunately, the spotted bass at Allatoona didn’t respond to the nice weather. For years Allatoona was known as the Dead Sea since fishing was so tough there. But a few years ago it started showing up on the Georgia Bass Chapter Federation Creek Census Report as the lake in Georgia where it took the least amount of time to catch a keeper bass in a club tournament.

I would like to fish Allatoona more often but traffic is ridiculous going and coming from the lake. The most direct way to get there is straight up I-75 through down town Atlanta. Pulling a boat north at 5:00 AM is not bad. Pulling it south in mid-afternoon is a nightmare!