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Could you be a little more specific ? There is several viable fisheries around your area . 

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What city limits?

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We are in the Dunwoody area. No boat but a 13 yr old who loves to fish. Been to Buford hatchery. Willing to drive 30 min or so if worth it. Thx for any suggestions

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My son lives in Dunwoody and my daughter in Roswell, so I too would love to know a couple of spots for bank fishing.  I have fished the river but it was so dirty and moving it was a waste of time. 

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1. Dunwoody is a busy area but if Im up that way and some time on my hand, Bull Sluice Lake is pretty to drop some lines. There is a dock and some bank access.

2.At the same location, Morgan Falls Dam where the Ga power plant and Dog park location a little down the path of the lake has more bank action along with a metal bleacher structure that is safe to fish from. You have to understand that this is below the dam so its moving water. So research techniques for this. But there are catfish, shoal bass, striper, and trout right there. A couple you tube videos up for that location too.

3. Anywhere on the Chattahoochee River. I know someone mentioned that the river dirty and not sure if you were talking about the Hootch. But it is not bad at all. Lots and lots of places to fish that are recommended. Look for the trails that go up them and go have a blast. Lots of bank access, I go fish in the Hootch in some places. Fish from a tube or a kayak. Now is prime for fishing. Its always 60 degrees even if it 100 degrees that day. Lots of shade. Fish the spots where there is less/no current where they can ambush prey. Just always look for snakes and ant piles like you should when you bank fish ANYWHERE. Also,shoal bass is the cool reason to fish the Hootch. They are sorta only in our river system and into Flint River. Native to us, you should catch this fish at least once in your life. They don't get that big, but they fight. They are even in the middle current when feeding.

4. Google your city and bass fishing and you never know what site, blog or video may come from it. Go to maps and look for ponds. You best luck is the parks that have a pond. Unlike the other suggestions, I've never fish Murphy Candler Park, but it looks promising just from the map. Id scout it if you live by there and ask anyone fishing if there are bass in there. I scout every city I drive through from Newnan through Atl up to Suwanee. Keep a pole in car

Hope this helps. Let us know where you have any luck

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^^ good stuff there

 

monster stripers are caught below the dam all the time

 

i've been to that murphy candler park.... you can wet a line, but the water is super shallow.  over time a bunch of silt has filled that thing in.

 

it's pretty tough to find some good spots around here to hit from the bank that aren't totally fished out or on private property.

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monster stripers are caught below the dam all the time

Have you done any striper fishing there?  I keep meaning to give it a try with my inshore tackle.

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Have you done any striper fishing there?  I keep meaning to give it a try with my inshore tackle.

 

not right at the dime, went twice but once was crowded and the other time the water was just too high.

i've fished down the river some for stipers, but never had any luck.  have caught a few small spotted bass out of there though and some trout too.

 

been meaning to take the kayak and put in right below the dam.  want a little striper sleigh ride action....

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Thanks Laquavous,  I will follow your leads ad look into your suggestions.  Thanks buddy for sharing.

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If you google piedmont park bass fishing and go to images, there is a pic of bass caught there. Might be worth a try considering little pressure. I fished it in 07 b4 I became a bass fisherman and caught some bluegill. It's a stalked pond in the middle of downtown. Its just a little hike from the parking deck or parking on the road. Youd prob get some strange looks walking with a pole in Midtown but I love the idea to fish in the city. I'm also interested to see if there are big fish in there or a bunch of skinny ones bc that pond has had the pan fish die in big numbers twice that I remember but that was a good while ago.

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Most of the reservoirs and water systems in and around Atlanta are stalked with catfish. I usually have my best days at Lake Westpoint down in Lagrange off 85 south on the Ga/Ala Line. Lake Martin in Ala has a great catfish bite. Everywhere else that I had a great catfish bite were private ponds in Atl.

I know this is specifically for Atlanta but I rarely catfish in Atl. I know there is Lucky,s Catfish pond in Clayton County. There are big catfish and bass in there. I saw a huge bass bedding off the bank that was at least 6 pounds a couple years back. My dad used to take me there when I was a kid and I'm an 85 baby so this pond has been there for a long while. It used to be called Luckys Lake I believe. Its located where Hwy 54 meets Tara Blvd (19/41) about 15/20 before you get to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Take 19/41 in Jonesboro towards the Atl Motor speedway and turn right on 54 (quicktrip) and its the first left. There is a sign and there is a daily fee.

The Chattahoochee has big catfish in it if you can get out on a boat and the right equipment.

Im by no definition a true catfisherman but ive def caughta bunch on my day. Dont know a lot about stink bait or chicken liver but Ive caught catfish in Horton, Kedron, and Lake Peachtree (which is half drained for repairs now). These are all in my hometown Fayette County. But these were years ago before I leared to bass fish. I literally used to throw two or three lines (if its private) and drop a carolina rig with rod holders, bells and sleep all day on my off days. Id get catfish, carp, plenty of blue gill, crappie, and bass just enjoying getting fresh air and sleep from 5am til about 2pm. They would hit big red, pink worms and good old night crawlers cut in half on a small tru turn hook.

Sweetwater Creek Reservoir has catfish. Same technique above on the bank near the bait shop, bridge, and even the dock and you can catch them. Years ago as well but there is still fish in there despite a lot of anglers having problems getting a limit of bass there. Daily fee and you can rent jon boat.

I know Ive said this before, but just like most of the city resevoirs, the city parks are generally stocked with catfish. But youll never know what a pond/lake has unless you go drop a line and get it wet!

Good luck and God bless

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High falls lake over in Jackson, GA has a pretty good catfish bite.  only downside is there's a good bit of folks fishing that lake for the catfish.  you can also fool around and catch a nice bass in there while you're at it!

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If anyone wants to join, my friend and I are going to walk the Whitewater creek Trails and fish up and down the Chattahoochee River on Thursday 7/30/15 from maybe 5 or 6pm until nightfall (9pm). Going for Shoal bass and maybe even striper if we can find any. PM me if you are interested and Ill give you my contact info. 

 

Where: Whitewater Creek Trails. Im sorry, but there really isnt an address for it but if you google it, your map take you right there to the parking lot. A reference point is that when you get on 75 south from 285 and cross the river on the interstate bridge, you're looking down at where we will be meeting to fish. From 75 exit Mt. Paran Rd or From 285 you can exit Cumberland Blvd and take the back roads pending traffic.

 

What to bring: I go anywhere from on the bank to walking in the middle of the hootch where its shallow. So bring anything that can get wet.

 

Gear: Im bringing a couple MH and H spinning rods. Im gonna bring anywhere from a couple of swim baits, flukes on scrounger jig heads, crank baits, spinnerbaits and jigs. Ive had friends catch on a button zebco walmart reel just fine so just bring anything thatll cast and can be fished in moving water.

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I fished from 6pm until 9pm with two other guys. The water was cool like always (60s) but a little higher. It was a lot clearer than last time too despite the recent rain. Lots of people on kayaks and tubes too.

I fished with a chartreuse spinnerbait with a medium heavy spin rod and had a couple bites then landed one within the first 20 minutes. Less than a pound but the shaol bass fight a little more than twice their weight.

One of my buddies was fishing a green pumpkin jig and had the same result within his first 15 mins. Couple bites and one landed less than a pound.

And my other buddy didnt land any but it was his first time. Its not an easy river to fish with all the lay downs and rocks. We lost a lot of baits if you let them roll on the bottom. We swam most of out baits.

The last 90 minutes I went for striper but didnt get anything. I fished a DOA air head and a super fluke on a scrounger jig head.

It was fun and the weather was nice to get out. Not a drop a rain even though where I live in South Atlanta, it was bad thunderstorms that you couldnt see a couple feet in front of you.

All around fun time but last year, we were used to getting an average of 3 each

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Less than a pound shoal bass.

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Sorry, it keeps coming in sideways despite me rotating it and editing it a couple times

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I went to whitewater creek at about 9:00 a.m. this morning. Didn't land any but I was pulling a nice shoal bass in and it spit the hook. If anyone else has been recently how have you done?

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Only up the river under Morgan falls dam. There are striper over there and Ive caught trout over there by mistake...lol. You can walk down the river there too but there are way more spots at Whitewater creek. Its def different from a pond but it a nice change up.

Yesterday I fished Piedmont park's Lake Cara Meer for about 90 minutes. I was waiting for traffic to die down and wanted to try my new gl3. I had two bites but nothing landed. Def fish in there but I wish I had my full tackle box so I could fish a little deeper, especially near the fountains. But I just fished the docks and some of the bank with a black senko since the clarity was so murky green

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I have caught bluegill years ago before I started bass fishing....maybe Fall 07. Yesterday was my first time fishing for bass. I think I couldve figured out where they were if I had the equipment and time.

The first link is from this site talking about bass caught there.

http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/97565-elusive-fishing-spots-in-and-around-atlanta-ga-feel-free-to-share/page-2

This second link is from images on flickr about someone catching a couple bass in the colder weather.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/37315991@N08/3429278228

Last link I found is Judah Clark catching a couple pan fish from the bridge

https://youtu.be/HsouvUTskKw

If I had my carolina rig, Id figure out the bottom composition and depth a little better. But it doesnt look too deep. I can say that the docks that is mentioned looks like where are the trash and stand still water builds up. Prob not a lot of oxygen there in our 90+ weather. But I'll keep you guys updated. In the future. So far, unfortunately, Piedmont Parks isnt a place I plan trips for but rather kill time in traffic. But it would be great to be able to catch fish in a very different type of scenic environment.

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