Location

TN
United States
35° 13' 48" N, 85° 4' 48" W

Fishing Reports

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

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.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
| 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
3Bluegill
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp: 41-50 F | Clarity: Stained
2 fish caught | Lunker: 3lb Blue Catfish using a Minnow

Fairly unsuccessful last night. Spent hours looking for a bite on med shiners. While waiting I was cranking from the end of the dock and hooked a small largemouth. The woman and I were patiently waiting for anything to tip our rods over. I swithced to a few plastics that I often have success with. Thats when my UL started to bend furiously. I knew I had a cat on. The fight was sketchy as the dock has many trees attached to promote habitat.  Reeling the cat in on the UL was fun but short-lived. After bringing her in we saw no other action for the evening. I will be returning this evening if weather permits. Crank (shad color) worked, Live minnow (med size) worked, but not as much as they have been. Looks like crappie have stopped biting in certain areas of Chick lake.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassCrankbait214
2Blue CatfishMinnow317

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