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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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Rome News-Tribune

FISHING: Gordon Lee anglers in contention for league title
Rome News-Tribune
One week earlier, another pair of Ramblers β€” Clayton Stout and Caleb Boyd β€” won the association's sixth tournament of the year on Lake Weiss in Cedar Bluff, Alabama. Rayburn and Cleghorn were 11th and Bryson Giddy and Tanner VanPelt finishing 18th ...

Northwest Georgia News

Prep Fishing: Reynolds duo leads Calhoun at Lake Weiss tournament
Northwest Georgia News
The Calhoun High Fishing team competed at Lake Weiss in Cedar Bluff Alabama on Saturday. Conditions were once again rough as a cold front moved through and the wind blew. Fishing was good but, catching was poor according to Calhoun coach Randy ...

Northwest Georgia News

Prep Fishing: Fisher brothers lead way for Calhoun at Lake Nickajack
Northwest Georgia News
... Freeman and Matthew Tuttolomondo weighed in 9.23 lbs. Carson Crisp and Dawson Crisp weighed in 8.08 lbs. Will Bryant and Brody Blalock weighed in 7.11 lbs. The boys will be back on the water Saturday, May 14 at Lake Weiss in Cedar Bluff, Alabama.

Alabama's Lookout Mountain Is a Diverse Paradise
This area also includes Cherokee Rock Village (, which has unforgettable vistas of β€œThe Crappie Fishing Capital of the World,” Lake Weiss (, and the surrounding ...

Northwest Georgia News

Weiss Lake winter water level unresolved as Corps of Engineers yet to address issue
Northwest Georgia News
He feels that increasing the winter pool at the lake would definitely enhance the fishing. An increase in the winter level of the lake did not make the cut when Alabama Power received re-licensure for the Weiss Dam in 2013, nor was it called for when ...

The Huntsville Times -

Prime time for Weiss Lake crappie
The Huntsville Times -
Weiss Lake Crappie by David Rainer.jpg Weiss Lake is known as the Crappie Captal of the World--for good reason. Local guides say winter may be the best time of all to fish the northeast Alabama lake. David Rainer. Don't wait till spring for this ...

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