Fishing on Allatoona Lake and Etowah River in Cartersville

Allatoona Lake – A Natural Retreat just north of Atlanta

Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, Allatoona Lake is situated on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River. Allatoona Lake is the largest of 11 public fishing areas including trout streams in Bartow County. The lake offers great fishing for all ages and skill levels.

“Allatoona Lake is a great place to take children and teach them the joys of fishing. I have raised my two sons on the lake and seldom have they been bored on a day out fishing,” said Dale Watkins, Georgia Director, Southern Pro Bass Tournament.
Local Fishing Tips:

  • Large & Small Mouth Bass – Found in deep water, large minnows proven best bait, locals suggest the Stamp Creek area. Look for spotted bass near rocky points and brush piles.
  • Striped or Hybrid Bass – Best fishing in late winter and early spring in coves and deep cool water, use large minnows.
  • Catfish – The all weather, all area fish. Cove points prove best, night crawlers can’t be beat.
  • Crappie – Best fishing during spring bedding season in cove areas, use minnows or shad bait, locals point to the Wilderness Camp and McKaskey Creek areas.
  • Bream – Spring bedding times are best, use crickets or red wigglers in lake coves.
  • Carp – Sport fishing only, all areas at all times, use artificial bait.

For daily lake reports and recreational information visit Allatoona Lake online or contact:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Project Management Office
    1138 State Route 20 Spur SE
    Cartersville GA 30121
    678-721-6700
  • For lake levels and temperature call 770-386-0549. For water release/generation schedules call 706-334-7213 (not long distance from Cartersville).

Fishing Licenses
You may obtain a fishing license with Visa or MasterCard by calling 1-888-748-6887. To get a free copy of the current Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations publication, including trout fishing information, contact:

  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Offices
    PO Box 519
    Calhoun GA 30703-0519
    706-624-1161 or visit online

Both fishing licenses and publications are available at Wal-Mart at I-75 Exit 290 (GA 20 west one mile). Licenses are also available from area Marinas.

Be aware when navigating the Etowah River water levels can increase rapidly downstream from Allatoona Dam. For daily Allatoona Dam Water Release Schedules call 706-334-7213.

For more places to set a hook see Day-Use Areas .

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