Lake Weiss (pronounced "Wice") is an Alabama Power Company hydroelectric impoundment covering 30,200 acres in northeast Alabama on the Alabama - Georgia border. The Weiss lake fishery is the major economic influence in Cherokee County, so the locals treat anglers very well. There are four free public access areas and 37 privately run marinas.
The lake known as the "Crappie Capital of the World" has other fish to boast about these days; largemouth and striped bass are making a name for themselves. The largemouth bass fishery has been a best-kept secret for several years. Data collected from tournament anglers and state fisheries personnel has shown that Weiss Lake is one of the best bass fisheries in the state. Right now, the population is dominated by a strong 1998 year class that should continue to support excellent fishing for years to come. The striped bass population is dominated by 3-7 pound fish, but fish over 15 pounds have been caught. With a creel limit of 30, one can have a lot of fun getting into a school of these bruisers!!
There are now a lot of weeds growing on Weiss Lake
Logs, stumps, ledges, feeder creeks, fallen timber.
It shall be unlawful for any angler to fish with more than three rods and reels, or poles, or any combination thereof on Weiss Reservoir or Neely Henry Lake, at any time;"
"It is illegal to possess crappie less than 10-inches in total length;"
"It is legal to possess 30 white bass, yellow bass, saltwater striped bass and hybrid (striped) bass or combinations of any size."
If fishing during hot weather you, like the bass, are looking for cooler places on the water. On Weiss Lake you have many selections for this preference during the doggish days of summer.
You can fish deeper, on main-lake ledges with deep-diving crankbaits, rattletraps or jigging spoons in combination with Texas and Carolina-rigged plastics.
Or you can flip, pitch and swim worms, lizards, tube baits, gitzits, or jig & pork combos, around all the many piers marinas and boat houses.
Feeder creeks always have cooler, running water at their headwaters. Bass seek the comfort of both the cool water plus available shade up in the many tributaries that feed Weiss Lake. The headwaters of Weiss Lake stretch all the way into Georgia.
Checking out every cut, pocket and feeder creek involves a lot of exploring during the hot days of summer, when bass travel up these lake headwaters in search of food.
Feeding the midlake areas are The Little River and Chatuga River. Like the lake headwaters these main river feeders stretch far back in the hills and involve some exploring to find the fish.
In Weiss lakes feeder creeks and both of these rivers, there is usually a slight stained look to the water.
This means you can fish lures from top to bottom like worms, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits as you cover lots of water fast, to find the most active feeding bass.
There are now a lot of weeds growing on Weiss Lake. Many lures will take bass seeking cover, oxygen and shade as they await an unsuspecting meal in various greenery found lake wide.
Frog and rat imitations are good, for many of these small creatures run (or hop) among the weeds. Blow-ups on these lures are fast, paying close attention is a must, to avoid missed strikes.
Floating worms, plastic lizards and crayfish also imitate creatures that these huge bass feed on. Heavy line is a must, there are numbers of bass over 10 pounds in Weiss Lake. Trilene Big Game line from 15-25 test is suggested.
If not fishing along or on top of these weeds, then flipping worms and jigs down deeper under the weeds, will get the less anxious bass. Many bass will hold along weed edges while some bass must be enticed from the thickest of cover.
Logs, laying trees, brush or stumps, within the weeds will hold the bigger, more dominant bass. For the deep water angler, searching out ledges, drop-offs and channel edges will show schools of big, unmolested bass.
These are dependable places all summer for both day and night fishing on Weiss Lake