Lake Weiss is best known for crappie, and is known as,“The Crappie Capital of the World.” Lake Weiss is the first lake of the Coosa River system, and is a man-made reservoir. Located in Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia the line between the two states being dead north.
The Coosa River Chain is well known for their mean spotted bass. It contains a lot of great wood cover, including stumps, docks, and laydown trees. Lake is considered a very shallow lake, which makes it dangerous for people who have not navigated it before. Most of the lake is between 3-10 feet deep, but in the main channel, the waters reach between 20-35 feet deep.
Fishing Bass they use a Texas rigged lizard or worm, and fish spinnerbaits and jerkbaits.
For Crappie, small crappie jigs 1/16 and 1/32 or minnows in the vicinity of one and a half to two inches for their small mouth, or crappie minows.
The quickest way to get to Lake Weiss from Georgia, as you are heading towards Lake Weiss is to take GA Hwy. 20W to Cedar Bluff, a popular place to put a boat in. If you are coming from Atlanta or Rome and it changes to Alabama hwy 9 at the state line. You can also go I-75 to US Highway 411 in Cartersville and 411 goes through Centre, Alabama.
Cedar Bluff has more lodging, B.A.S.S. has had their tournaments there, which is more mid-lake.
JR’s Marina has a small hotel or lodging, and small restaurant inside, and an engine repair shop and fishing guide service.
A good place famous for catching fish isBrushy Branch, a branch that is just upstream from the state line and near Cave Spring. It is stump city and you can spend an entire week fishing Brushy Branch and still not hit every good stump lying underneath the water. It takes a few trips to learn it but there is very good bass fishing there.
From Rome, if you go down Hwy. 20 and turn left onto, 11 miles, GAHwy 100, 7 miles, and turn right on Blackbluff rd. and straight to Brushy Branch to get there.
Just ease around learning the channels and coves then go out to the main river and look around. Most folks that fish it a lot will take off straight across from the ramp ignoring the channel markers there. Do not do it unless you follow someone that knows it well as there is a shallow bar that you can get hung up on. The path across is very narrow.
The lower the water level the more absolute you need to be that you are in the channel. You can get stuck on mud bars from the Big Cedar creek channel. When they built the lake it flooded the entire area that now holds water, trees were cleared and the stumps were left.. A few stumps are marked and there are channel markers also. Boats have been stranded on the mud bar, a raised area, a mini levy when the water is shallow. Most boats will float through it. During the winter time the bar shows because of the water depth.
Riverside Campground in Alabama, has a convienence store, gas and tackle shop and is packed so tight you can not get into it if there is a tournament.
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