United States
35° 13' 48" N, 85° 4' 48" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Chickamauga Reservoir: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Grass ledges and flats close to deep water are the type of areas being targeted by those anglers using plastic worms, jigs, swimbaits and buzzbaits. A few rat fish are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Some upper reservoir fish are being caught by just a few anglers using jigs and crankbaits.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used around bluff walls, deep brush and boat docks. Most of these areas are close to deep water.
Striped Bass: Shad is the best bait. Tailwater anglers are catching several fish when the current is favorable.
Bluegill: Upper river drifters are catching a lot of bluegill along the bottom. A lot of bluegill are being caught near rock walls. Worms are the best bait.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used in the main channel. A lot of fish can be caught when the current is favorable.

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 682.4 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Deep ledges and river grass continue to be the better areas. Some big bass (several over 8 lbs.) continue to be caught. Various baits are being used. Spoons, swimbaits, and plastic worms are the most popular baits.
Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouth are being caught while using jigs in the tailwaters.
Crappie: Not many anglers are targeting crappie. A few are being caught while fishing underneath lights. Minnows and jigs are being used.
Striped bass: The Upper Hiwassee River, the tailwaters, and a few other areas where cool water is prevalent are areas where anglers using shad, swimbaits, jigs and a few other lures are catching stripers.
Bluegill: Many bluegill are bedding and can be caught shallow. An equal number are deep and can be caught on river humps or shoals. Small jigs, worms and crickets can be used for bait.
Catfish: Favorable current and meaty baits is a combination that is working for anglers. Locate catfish in the main river channel.

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear 3 fish caught

Fishing on Chickamauga Lake has been solid. Largemouth anglers have been catching fish on topwater early and late in the day. Midday it's time to start fishing the humps and ledges. Swimbaits, Tennessee rigs and jigs have been the lures of choice. You'll do better on days that TVA is running heavy current.

Crappie fishing has just been fair. Most anglers are shooting docks or fishing deep brushpiles.

Bluegill are still bedding and can be found in good numbers in the backends of sloughs in 2 to 5 feet of water. Aquativ vegetation is beginning to get heavy however, making the fishing a little tougher. Watch for clear areas in patches of weeds. That is often where bluegill have swept beds clean.

Catfishing is fair. Stick to the main river channel and again, heavy current days will be best. TVA generations schedules have been very unpredictable however.

In the headwaters, near Watts Bar Dam, a few stripers are being caught by folks who know where and how to catch live shad. The walleye TWRA has been stocking are doing well. A few folks trolling crankbaits in the Watts Bar tailwaters are catching a few quality walleye.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Smallmouth Bass
2Blue Catfish