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Avoiding the Summer Crowd

If you are like us, and fish a lot of the large reservoirs in your area, then there is a good chance you will be able to relate to this article.  Last weekend was one of the busiest boating holidays of the year (Memorial Day), and if you live near a popular lake, you will know that busy does not even begin to describe the boat traffic.  If you are like me, and hate to miss a weekend of fishing, there is one way I have found to really avoid a majority (not all of) the boat traffic, even in the middle of the day.

Almost every lake is going to have some type of river flowing into it.  After all, something has to flow water into the lake.  Now, if you have been on the lake for a while, many times you will hear people talk about where the river gets “dangerous.”  Usually what this means is there is a bit of timber or rocks under the water, and if you are not careful, you may be replacing a lower unit very soon.  But, that is the area of the river you want to learn!  If you can learn how to navigate that stretch of river, you can almost guarantee that you will be one of the very few boats in the area, and a more peaceful day of fishing.

Every summer you can find me way up the Etowah river on lake Allatoona.  That has become our refuge from the summer boat traffic.  Sure, we will still have the occasional boat/jet ski come through, but for every 1 we see in the river, you would see close to 50 on the main lake.  Also, many times the rivers will offer you a different style of fishing than the main lake.  For instance, Allatoona is very much a finesse fishing lake.  However, if you get far enough up the river, you will have current, and can even do some power fishing.

So, with summer in full swing now, it may be worth your time to break out a map.  You never know what opportunities lie just to the north of your favorite lake.