Weiss Lake Fishing Report for 7-16-2003

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Posted by Weiss Lake Guide Service on July 16, 2003 at 11:27:26:

DATE: 7-16-2003
WATER CLARITY: Most of the areas are fishable

CRAPPIE: Tons of short fish being caught in deep water around structure. Hard to fish the old channel edges with the amount of
water they are pulling thru the lake. Rooster's reports that the ratio of keeper crappie is improving. Still catching them deep and still
catching them under the Cowan Creek bridge at night.

Bass: Bass fishing continues to be strong. Spinner baits in the morning and afternoon. Slow rolling them across the bottom. Later in
the day Carolina rigged soft plastics. Rooster's reports that there was a small bass tournament out of Georgia there this weekend. It
was a 2 day 1 man tournament. 26 lbs. won the tournament. 5 fish limit. It is difficult to fish the old river channel with the amount of
water they are pulling thru. Any drops or humps adjacent to deep water. Flipping the deeper docks with pig-n-jig has been recently
successful. Lets all practice catch and release. Weiss is probably as strong or stronger for bass than any lake in the south.

STRIPE: A few starting to show up in the Chatooga and the Brushy Branch area. Tailwater fishing has been tough with the amount of
water that they are pulling thru the dam. Ole Cotton Gin holds a few but dingy and too much water flow.

WHITE BASS: A few surfacing in the mouth of Spring Creek and Cowan Creek late. A few surfacing in Cornwall Furnace. Still a few
showing up in Mud Creek up to Ball Play.

BREAM: GUNTERSVILLE: The water is still a little bit too high and too strong. A few days they should be strong as ever. Bottom
bumping 35-50 foot deep.

CATFISH: 300 lbs. + per weekend coming out of Riverside noodling for them. Jug fishing still very productive at night. Trot line
fishing has been doing well in deep water. Cut shad still best bait. 30-50 lb. catfish coming from around the fish cleaning stations.
Best time to fish for them is from dusk to about 10 at night.

With the huge numbers of 9 7/8 inch fish being caught, we all need to be aware of the poaching. Poachers are thieves! If you see this
activity please call Game Watch at 1-800-272-4263. The good news is that we are going to have the best fall fishing in the history of
Lake Weiss. We have had consistently good spawns since 2000. We should have had a mega spawn in 2003 with the high water.
Weiss should continue to get stronger and stronger each year. Please, take what you can eat and put the rest back. Hope everyone is
having a safe and happy summer. For our out of state fishermen you can now get your license by phone at 1-888-848-6887. As
always if we can be of any help just give us a "holler". Steve, Cheryl, Butch & Harry 256-927-6617 www.weisslakeguideservice.com

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