Lake Allatoona

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Lake Allatoona Fishing

Thirty miles north of Atlanta, the Allatoona Lake Project is a popular boating and fishing destination. Allatoona connects a network of boat ramps, day-use areas, and camps. Anglers have many options regarding fishing spots and fish species in the region.

Allatoona Lake has 12,010 acres of land and 270 kilometers of coastline. Several spots have fishing jetties, making catching fish from the shore easy.

Lake Allatoona Fish Species and Fishing Spots

The Department of Natural Resources has a regular fish stocking program that replenishes Lake Allatoona. Anglers have a vast selection to choose from, in addition to the lake’s natural species. Among the fish found in the area are largemouth and hybrid bass, stripers, spotted and white bass, crappie, bream, and redear sunfish.

This program was started in 2002 by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, local businesses, and volunteers. Visit the Georgia DNR’s fishing forecast website for more information on Lake Allatoona fishing.

Etowah River (Lower)

The Lower Etowah River’s tributary of Lake Allatoona travels west to Rome, where it joins the Oostanaula. There are 48 miles of river that powerboats can’t readily navigate. Because of the many shoals, it is best to canoe or kayak this river.

Because of another dam immediately downstream, boats cannot be launched from the nearby ramp just below Allatoona Dam. At least not on this creek segment, where you’ll find the only public boat ramp.

The sportfishing laws include consumption standards for fish, which anglers should follow if they want to eat their catch. Smallmouth buffalo, blue catfish, channel catfish, alligator gar, striped bass, and redhorse suckers are common in the river. We also have bluegill, redeye bass, and freshwater drum in the lower Etowah River area.

Etowah River (Upper)

The Etowah River is a stunning gem that flows into Lake Allatoona from the highlands of North Georgia. Both the fishing and the landscape are top-notch in this region. The spring crappie and the white bass spawning cycle is the earliest sign of life in the upper Etowah.

During February and March, anglers may use a variety of live and artificial bait to catch waves of fish. Striped bass and hybrid striped bass will be making their way north from Lake Allatoona into the lovely upper Etowah River when the Full Moon of March comes to pass. That is the time of year when anglers capture many of the year’s most giant striped bass.

Top Targeted Fish Species

Angler holding a largemouth bass and fishing rod
Northern Bass


Rainbow Trout

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Can you Fish in Lake Allatoona?

Allatoona Lake has 11 public watersheds, including trout tributaries from Bartow County. To fish here, you’ll need to go to any permitted area. Anglers of all age-group skills can enjoy this lake.

While regular skiing is available on the mountainsides during winter, the lake is perfect for jet skiing during the spring or summer months.

Considering the massive appeal and the variety of activities one can engage in, Lake Nottely figures as one of the best locations to visit in Georgia.

Are There Trout in Lake Nottely?

Another one of Lake Nottely’s most popular species of fish located right in the middle of the water’s depths is the rainbow trout.

Just visit any of the local public boat ramps to get informed about the rarity and availability of trout at the particular time of the year, and you’ll be able to go boating through the reservoir and try your luck at getting one of these unique fish inside your boat.

What Fish are Biting on Allatoona?

Allatoona is noted as the best lake to catch numerous bass species, including snagged bass and hybrid bass, as its population is high here. Allatoona is a high-traffic place where recreational boaters use the summer nighttime pond and other fishing spots.

How to Catch Fish in Lake Allatoona?

The best bait for the worm depends on the time of year. For example, you may use spinnerbait and crab bait in the winter. Identify the craters and shorelines of Etowah River and its riversides. There are more excellent largemouth habitats in this place than any other.

Do you Require Licensing to Angle at Lake Allatoona?

Anyone above the age of 16 must get a Georgia fishing license to angle there. When verifying fishing permits, rangers may also demand identification.

Best Fishing Bets at Lake Allatoona

A man and a woman enjoying jet skiing at Nottely Lake in the summerAt this lake, you’ll find a wide variety of fish, including largemouth bass, spotty bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, and crappie.

Largemouth Bass

While spotted bass is more common, largemouth tends to be heavier than its counterpart. In 2009, the average fish was around 1.25 pounds, with a few exceeding 5 pounds in size. Because largemouth bass populations in Allatoona are very stable year to year, you may anticipate the same amount of fish as in previous years.

Spotted Bass

Allatoona’s predominant black bass species is the spotted bass, which comprises 80 to 90 percent of the total population. Most spots will stay under 12 inches long, but some can grow to more than 20 inches long and weigh up to 4-5 pounds.

Striped Bass

The yearly stocking at Allatoona of striped bass fingerlings is between 30 and 60 thousand fish. In 2009, anglers saw members of this class between 17 and 20 inches long. Many juvenile stripers started swimming in 2007 because of increased stocking rates.


There should be a similar amount of crappie fishing as previously. The normal crappie should be around 10 inches long and weigh approximately half a pound. However, you may also find bigger slab crappie.


Allatoona is home to both channel and flathead catfish. There are much more channel catfish than flatheads, but flatheads grow considerably bigger. As a rule, channel cats are around 13 inches long and weigh around a half-pound.

It’s not uncommon for a channel to be five pounds or more. There are fewer flatheads, but those that do are usually enormous, weighing 5 to 10 pounds or more.


There are bluegill, redbreast sunfish, and redear sunfish in the waters of this lake. Among the three, bluegills are frequent the waters the most. Fewer than 5% of them are longer than seven inches. Redear sunfish are larger than bluegills and redbreast sunfish despite their rarity. A large redear may reach nine inches.

Lake Allatoona Reviews

Great experience

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It was our 42th anniversary so what better way to celebrate but with a fishing trip! We met Capt Don at 7 a.m., which is early for us retirees, but we made it. Don was so friendly that we immediately engaged in lively chatter. Don, even brought a thermos of coffee for us to share. He guided us through the day on the water of Lake Allatoona to many fish.
- Joe Johnson

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Capt Don did everything in their power to give us an enjoyable experience, thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing time on a beautiful lake.
- Ashley T
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