FIRST BITE GUIDE SERVICE is
Lake Allatoona's Premier Guide ServiceWe specialize in
family fun catching Striped and Hybrid Bass. Call us today: 770 827-6282.
Hi, I'm Robert Eidson and I operate FIRST BITE GUIDE SERVICE on Lake Allatoona.
I have been a full-time guide for 19+ years on Lake Allatoona and Carters Lake. I have been fishing
Lake Allatoona since I was a small kid. I know the lake and the fish that inhabit it better than
anyone. We have grown so much over the years that we now run as many as four guides on any given
weekend during the summer. Our return client base is the success of our guide service. Over the last
19 plus years I have watch many of my clients� kids grow up and go from catching their first ever
fish with First Bite Guide Service to fishing on their College fishing team. We pride ourselves on
being a family friendly guide service. I am a grandfather and I have a rule that applies to myself
and others that work for me; Every trip is to be run like my own grandkids are on the boat
and I think if you fish with us once you will also become a repeat client of First Bite Guide
Beginner and experienced anglers alike can enjoy world-class fishing on Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona,
and Carters Lake. Stripers and hybrids can be caught year-round in Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona, and
Carters Lake on both live bait and artificial lures.
These lakes and rivers are convenient to the Metro Atlanta area, and are ideal settings to enjoy a
solo or group fishing trip with an experienced fishing guide. Full day and half-day trips are
available on Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona, and Carters Lake to fit just about any schedule.
Browse our website and give us a call if you would like to experience some of the South's best
striper and hybrid fishing with one of the areas most experienced guides.
Fist Bite Guide Service is proud to be a member of
The Lake Allatoona Guide Association. We are full time
professionals who depend strictly on our fishing abilities and marine equipment for our
living. We have a serious vested interest in your outing and bring to bear our many
years of on the water expertise towards providing you, the perspective client,
a solid fishing experience for you and your family.
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For reservations please call: 770-827-6282
First Bite Guide Service is your Lake Allatoona
About Lake Allatoona and Lake Allatoona Fishing Guides
The Allatoona Lake Project is a heavily used boating and angling lake located 30 miles north
of Atlanta. The area offers fishermen numerous opportunities in terms of locations to fish
and fish species. Convenient boat ramps, day use areas and campgrounds are situated around
Allatoona (Lake Map).
Allatoona Lake is approximately 11 miles long with 12,010 acres and 270 miles of shoreline.
Shoreline fishing locations are numerous with many areas offering fishing jetties.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources annually restock the lake through their fish
stocking program. Along with native fish found in the lake, this provides a wide variety for
anglers. Fish species include bass (largemouth, hybrid, stripped, spotted, and white),
crappie, bream (bluegill, redbreast and redear sunfish), gar and catfish.
In 2002, the Fish Habitat Improvement Program was created through a joint effort between the
Corps of Engineers, Georgia DNR, local businesses, volunteers and anglers. The fruits of
this effort has been obvious around the lake since that time. Expanded projects in 2007 and
others planned for 2008 will further expand the fishing opportunities at Allatoona Lake. For
a detailed fishing forecast at Lake Allatoona click on the Georgia DNR fishing information web site.
About Lake Lanier and Lake Lanier Striper Fishing
Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre reservoir operated by the Corps of Engineers (COE) about 50
miles northeast of Atlanta. Lanier receives heavy fishing pressure due to its proximity to
Atlanta. The most popular species are spotted bass, crappie, striped bass and catfish. Lake
level information can be obtained from the COE at 770-945-9531.
Black bass fishing should again be excellent in 2007. Spotted bass are very abundant, in
excellent condition, and are putting on weight from the ample supply of blueback herring and
threadfin shad. Therefore, anglers should experience another good year catching numerous of
1 to 5 lbs. spotted bass. The largemouth bass population appears to be rebounding from poor
spawning success during the past drought years (1998-2002). Based on fish sampling in 2006,
the abundance of 1 to 2 lbs. largemouth bass is much improved over the past three years.
Spotted and largemouth bass can be caught on night crawlers, crayfish, and bait minnows
throughout the year. Many Lanier anglers and fishing guides post fishing reports on the Bass
Fishing Home Page (http://www.wmi.org/bassfish/index.html).
Consider checking internet bulletin boards like this one for hot tips before coming to
Crappie anglers should experience an average year when it comes to numbers. The population
of � to � lb. fish is stable and these pan-sized fish will be common this year. The heaviest
stringers will be produced from late February through April when larger spawning fish are
shallow. Top areas for these panfish are the upper Chattahoochee arm (Clarks to Lula
Bridge), Thompson, and Taylor Creek.
Lanier anglers can expect another excellent year for striped bass. Angler success during the
summer months will depend on oxygen conditions at cooler depths (greater than 25 ft.), the
stripers habitat from July through September. The abundant supply of blueback herring, a
preferred summer forage of stripers, plays a key role in maintaining a healthy population in
Lanier. The lake supports an abundance of small (2 - 10 lbs.) stripers produced from
successful stockings from 2003 to 2006. A good supply of 10 - 15 lbs. fish stocked from
2000-2002 will also provide plenty of action. An average number of trophy (20 - 30 lbs.)
stripers are in the lake. Both winter (November-March) and summer (July-August) offer
excellent striper fishing. Live bait (herring, shiners, bluegill and shad), soft-plastic
jerk baits and trolled bucktail jigs will produce the best results.
WRD stocked 114,000 walleye fingerlings in 2005 and 2006 to enhance late winter fishing
opportunities during walleye spawning runs up the rivers. WRD fall gill net samples verified
that a good number of stocked fish survived. A number of anglers reported catching one-pound
walleyes during 2006 in Wahoo Creek and the upper Chattahoochee River arm of the lake. These
young walleye will weigh � - 2 lbs. in 2007. Adult walleye are few in number but can be
caught in the Chattahoochee River near Belton Bridge in February and early March. They
migrate in summer to the lower reservoir seeking the cool, oxygenated waters (25 - 40 ft.
depths) closer to the dam. Trolling the shoreline with spinners and crankbaits and still
fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom at depths of 5 - 30 ft. is an effective method for
taking walleye year around. Check out http://www.walleyehunter.com
for tips on walleye fishing.
Channel catfish are numerous lakewide and average about 1 lb. Bluegill weighing � - 1/3 lb.
can be caught on a regular basis from May through August. Carp are abundant and readily take
prepared catfish baits, corn and dough balls from May through August.
In 2007, WRD, State Parks and COE personnel cut and anchored shoreline trees where permitted
at two cove locations at the Don Carter State Park property, just below Lula Bridge. These
downed shoreline trees will attract crappie, bass and other species for anglers to catch
this year. Maps showing the locations of attractor sites can be obtained from the COE office
at Lake Lanier (770-945-9531) and the Gainesville WRD office (770-535-5498). A guide to bank
fishing opportunities is also available. Some key bank fishing spots include Lanier Point
Park, Thompson Creek Park, Little Hall Park and Little River Landing. Buford Dam Park and
River Forks Park are two good sites that also are accessible.
It is legal to fish with and possess live blueback herring, a preferred baitfish for
stripers on Lanier. Spotted bass and striped bass populations have benefited from the
increased food supply of herring. Negative impacts of bluebacks include their ability to out
compete other young fish for available food and predation on larval fish, including bass
less than 1-inch long. WRD will continue to monitor the impact of this species on sport fish
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