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      Weiss Lake is known for its excellent crappie population; in fact, it's often referred to as ''the crappie capital of the world.'' Weiss Lake is not limited to crappie alone, and largemouth striped and hybrid striped bass add to the lake's diversity which attracts numerous tournaments on both the local and national level.

Weiss Lake is called the Crappie Capital of the World. Nestled on the Coosa River in Cherokee County on the Alabama - Georgia border is Weiss Lake. This 30,000 acre impoundment is definitely one of the hottest crappie fishing destinations in the United States. Weiss is a shallow, stumpy lake but that is just what makes a happy crappie.

Right now you can try fishing the creek channel edges and slopes for some nice slabs. Tight-line a minnow on the bottom along these ledges, preferably along submerged cover, and remember to fish slow. If you're trolling, try weaving back and forth over the channels and you're sure to find some fish. Tube jigs seem to work better for me when fish are more sluggish in the cold water. Less movement is the key here, save the curly tails for the pre-spawn. You also might want to try a double-rig. Tie 2 jigs on your line, or 1 jig and 1 minnow. If the fish prefer the minnows, double up on them.

As the temperature warms the crappie will start to move closer to spawning areas. Troll with crappie jigs across flats adjacent to spawning coves. Remember though, with all of the stumps around, you WILL get hung up eventually, and that's why I like using 4 lb. test line. It's easier to break when snagged, and you don't have to worry about losing a rod and reel. Try the Chattooga River, the Little River and Yellow Creek areas for trolling. I prefer a black/blue and chartreuse curly tail jig in this situation. Don't forget that on Weiss each person is limited to three rods a piece.

When the dogwoods start to bloom move up into the coves and fish small jigs or minnows around shallow cover. This is the time when I'll fish jigs with a bobber, I can keep the jig where I want it in the shallow water longer. You should have no problem catching your limit, which is 30 fish per day on Weiss Lake, and all must be at least 10 inches. This is also the best time for night fishing, and you will find yourself getting worn out from catching fish. If you're up to it, you can catch well over 100 papermouths before midnight.

by Scott Rogers - Big Fishing Shop

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High school anglers help deploy fish attractors in Weiss Lake
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Cherokee County High School angler Jacob Helms drops a fish attractor off the boat. Alabama Power partnered with students from the Cherokee County High School Fishing Team and the Weiss Lake Improvement Association to build and deploy fish ...


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Quite a catch: 4 stolen vehicles recovered from Weiss Lake
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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Monday, July 13, 2015, recovered four stolen vehicles from Weiss Lake. ... William Thornton | wthornton@al.com ... "He said he had heard this was a pretty good place to fish," said Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.
Fisherman reels in 4 stolen cars from bottom of an Alabama lakeWRBL
4 stolen cars recovered from northeastern Alabama lakeFOX10 News
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reels in 4 stolen vehicles found in Weiss LakeAlabama's News Leader

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Big payouts earned at Weiss Lake First Annual Catfish Classic
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Anglers were fishing for for a guaranteed payout of $10,500.00 in cash and prizes to be distribute in the form of 7 hourly paybacks for first through fourth place, beginning with the 7:00 opening of the scales. In addition to the prizes already ...


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Something's fishy: Four stolen cars pulled from Alabama lake
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... of the truck bed were visible underwater. The sheriff says the recovered vehicles were stolen in 2012 and 2013. He says the fisherman had been told the public boat ramp in the Bay Springs area of the lake was a good place to drop a line. As fish ...


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Big Cat Quest visits Weiss Lake for Catfish Classic
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Dubbed the Weiss Lake Alabama First Annual Catfish Classic the event format includes 7 hourly paybacks, each hour of the day, beginning with the 7 to 8 am hour with the scales closing at 2:00. The hourly paybacks are $400 to first place, $300 to second ...
Catfish Quest coming to Leesburg LandingNorthwest Georgia News

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Outdoors Notebook: Hunting & Fishing Expo, tournaments and more
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July 11: Weekend Bass Series on Weiss Lake out of Little River Marina; www.weekendseries.com. July 11: National Bass Trail ... July 25: Alabama Catfish Trail tournament out of Lakeside Landing at Logan Martin; www.AlabamaCatfishTrail.com. Aug.

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