Once again, with the
successful program of 2006 and with the support and cooperation of
Allatoona Team Tournament trail, the
Georgia DNR invites you to check out and participate in the
Spotted Bass Tagging
for 2007 and to have a chance to win Georgia's
Lifetime Sportsman License in the process!
The DNR has completed the
Fish Attractor Survey conducted here over 2 years (2005 - 2006).
the Monday Night Tournament trail led by director
Mike Loner donated money ($500) received from various
sponsors to DNR in support of the
Spotted Bass Tagging Study that the DNR
conduct. DNR offered fishermen who turned in tags the “Lifetime Sportsman License Award”.
The drawing was done 2/24/07 at the annual Red Top Mountain State Park
Fishing Seminar. The lucky winner of the draw (from all who turned in
the tags) was
Don Tedrick (left) of Canton. He was awarded with the 2006/2007
lifetime license valued at $500 by DNR biologist,
Jim Hakala (right),
and Monday Night tournament director
accepted the award and donated the lifetime license to his fishing buddy
also of Canton.
Both anglers said the potential of winning a lifetime license from
catching a tagged spotted bass added a new exciting dimension to fishing Allatoona this past year. Congratulations to
both of them. And there should be a write up
about this in April issue of
This is part of the “give back to the community” effort by the director
team of this pot tournament. The money used for the
donation was the extra money received from various sponsors
which we generated mostly for such purposes. The pot
money was not touched for this kind of efforts. Thus, the pot
money is paid back 100%
and more. More? Yes, all extra money from sponsors, if any,
also goes into the pot to pay
the fishermen! Not to
mention lots of give away from sponsors such as expensive rods, lures,
Click on the
picture for a larger view.
Allatoona Spotted Bass information
from DNR sampling in April and May
- We caught spotted bass
during our annual electrofishing survey at a rate of 59/hour, which is
similar to the 62/hour we caught in 2004.
- We caught largemouth
bass during our annual electrofishing survey at a rate of 10/hour,
which is similar to the 9/hour we caught in 2004.
- Average spotted bass
was 10.5 inches long and weighed a little over a half pound, largest
collected was 22 inches long and weighed 5.5 pounds (that fish
determined to be 10 years old).
- Average largemouth
bass was 12.5 inches long and weighed 1.25 pounds, largest collected
was 22 inches long and weighed 5.3 pounds.
- There is a strong year
class of spotted bass in the population. These fish are 3 years of age
(hatched in 2002) and are now 11-14 inches in size. By next year this
year class of fish will be 13-16 inches in size and weigh over a
- The most spotted bass
were collected during the survey between navigation markers 11E and
- The most largemouth
bass were collected during the survey in the Little River arm of the
- Age and average length
for Allatoona spotted bass collected in 2005.
Age Mean Length (inches)
- Did collect one
spotted bass that was determined to be 14 years of age. Yes that means
it hatched in 1991. That fish has probably seen a few lures since
of Large Mouth Bass in Allatoona:
article will help you understand a
little better some of the changes we've all
experienced with the largemouth bass population over the past decade
in Allatoona. Wanna
guess what the leading cause of the decline is?
article is in Microsoft Word format. Enjoy.
- No brush piles in the
lake? No problem. The DNR has been putting out lots of
fish attractors. Last year alone (2003), they put out 24 of them.
Click here for the fish attractors info & maps complete with GPS
2004, the DNR put out 62 more fish attractors at 12 new
locations in Allatoona in August. They started putting out more at
each site this year (this time, there are 4-6 tied together instead of
3) to make the locations easier to find.
Here's what one looks like.
- Also, later this
fall/winter the DNR biologist (Jim Hakala) should have some
interesting data on which shoreline habitats (eg. rip-rap, shale,
sand) young of the year (hatched in spring 2004) spotted and
largemouth bass concentrate around. Not that it will help you catch
fish necessarily (unless you want 1-2 inch fish in the livewell), but
it will provide some insight into which shoreline habitat types these
small fish like.
- This Allatoona Team
Tournament Trail is proud to say that we helped donating $1000 to this
program in 2003. It purchased 3700 ft. of PVC which will be
enough to build 30 more fish attractors for 2004.
And more donation should be forth coming.
- The Fisheries
Biologist, Jim Hakala
and his team will be glad to answer
any question you may have.
What do they eat?
The biologist did Diet
Analysis on spotted and largemouth bass during May-June 2003.
The result is very interesting. Wanna guess what the majority of
the food they eat was? Here's the result of the
2003 Diet Analysis.
Not what you think huh!
This analysis was done right after a significant winter kill of shad in
January 2003. They plan to conduct another analysis this year.
Shad kill is a lot less this year (so far). Stay tune for the
Do you really think you know how to tell the
different between largemouth and spotted bass? Find out
- a must read for all boater for information like 'Required Equipment
Checklist', PWC, towing skiers, etc.
Fishing regulations - a must read for all fisherman.
Do you know that there's a
GA Angler Award for catching fish?
State records for all kinds of fish.
Are Georgia's Fish Safe to Eat?
Here's good info on
Releasing a Fish
more to come...