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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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Sunday Fishing Report
AL.com
The heat has slowed fishing pressure considerably on North Alabama lakes this week, and things will probably stay that way until the first breath of cooler air in September. One lake where the water remains cool year around is Lewis Smith, a deep ...


Alabama's original monster gator was 'hell demon' called Two-Toed Tom; 3 other ...
The Birmingham News - al.com
In late 2006 and early 2007, an email began circulating claiming a massive alligator, between 23 and 28 feet long, was captured and killed in a residential area on Weiss Lake. The email included a photo of the monster gator and this message: "This ...

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Cherokee County Commission looks at possibilities for public park on Weiss Lake
Calhoun Times
In response to renewed public interest in establishing a county park on Weiss Lake, the Cherokee County Commission is looking into the feasibility of such a project. A local businessman, Jerry Culberson, recently asked the commission to look into ...


Catfish tournament returns to Rome's rivers
Rome News-Tribune
Teams must launch and retrieve watercraft from the Coosa River in Georgia, fishing the river, its tributaries and Weiss Lake. In order to submit a catch, all entrants must report to the official weigh-in between 1 p.m. ... The Big Cat Quest was most ...

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