Location

TN
United States
35° 1' 43.9392" N, 85° 33' 45.81" W
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear

Nickajack Lake– If you’re in search of a less pressured lake that provides lots of action and some quality fish take a look at Nickajack Lake just outside Chattanooga TN.  Today, I had the pleasure of spending the morning with John and Margo from Chicago.  Water temps ranged from 75 to 77 degrees. We found our fish scattered on road beds, main channel grass and points while covering water from Marion County Park down to Shellmound State Park.  Our best fish came from 4 FOW with grass mats on PRO-Z Frogs, followed closely by Mussel Crawler Tightline Jigs with twin turbo tail trails worked in 10-12 FOW.  Now is the time to make your reservations for some exciting fall fishing on Nickajack, Normandy, Tims Ford and Guntersville! I have days available throughout the winter with full time Professional USCG Licensed/Insured guides. As always, we supply all fishing gear including Duckett Rods, LEW’s Reels, lures, and drinking water at no additional cost you, Military Discount and the dedication to making your trip successful.  “Let’s go fish’ in”

 

Capt. Jake Davis
Mid-South Bass Guide
www.midsouthbassguide.com
msbassguide@comcast.net

 

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear 4 fish caught

I don't fish the lower end of Nickajack. I spend most of my time in the headwaters, the tailwaters of Chickamauga Dam. We've been doing well on blue cats, channel cats, bluegill with a few good days using live bait to catch smallmouth, spotted bass, white bass and some small stripers.

We typically drift fish the current, except for the bluegill that we typically find in the slack water areas.

My preferred catfish bait is raw chicken breast. Drift fish with the least amount of weight possible, or vertical fish the deeper holes. You'll have to vary techniques and presentation based on the amount of current. TVA generation schedules have been very unpredictable this year. See: http://www.tva.gov/lakes/chh_r.htm

The smallmouth and spotted bass bite will be better early and late. They can be caught on artificials, but live shiners always catch more fish. Use small circle hooks to avoid deep hooking fish, and it keeps your shiners livelier.

For bluegill I prefer wax worms or meal worms.
 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Smallmouth BassShiner
2Blue Catfish
3Channel Catfish
4Bluegill
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Clear

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2014, 2014 – Tim’s Ford Fishing Report – Another great weekend on the water with clients from Franklin TN to South Florida.  We had a blast catching a mixed bag of Crappie, Largemouth and Smallmouth. We focused on main lake points and the front two thirds of the pockets.  For Smallmouth and Largemouth our best results came spot removers rigged with small worms, sped craws and grubs; we also caught fish on Tightline Mussel Crawler Jigs and X-Rap Jerkbaits from Rapala .  As far as the Crappie we had our best results using Booby Garland Slab Slayer jigs on 4 pound test line, worked around docks and brush in 10 to 25 FOW.  Water temperatures ranged from 52 to 56 degrees.  Now is the time to make your reservations for some exciting winter fishing on Tim’s Ford and Guntersville! I have days available throughout the winter with full time Professional USCG Licensed/Insured guides. As always, we supply all fishing gear including Duckett Rods, LEW’s Reels, lures, and drinking water at no additional cost you, Military Discount and the dedication to making your trip successful.  “Let’s go fish’ in”

                                                                       

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Capt. Jake DavisMid-South Bass Guidewww.midsouthbassguide.commsbassguide@comcast.netCell 615-613-2382

 

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