Chickamauga lake Tennessee fishing reports from TWRA creel clerks and the information is located at Huntfishbuddy
Chickamauga Lake Fishing Report: 24 May 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.9 feet. The water surface temperature is in the lower 70’s.
Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught around grass beds or brush in sloughs or the river flats. Plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures are being used for bait. Some 10 pound plus fish are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching more smallmouth than other anglers. Crankbaits are being used more than other lures. Striper anglers using shad are also catching smallmouth.
Crappie: Dock pitchers and brush tightliners targeting brush piles are catching fish while using jigs. 10 feet of water seems to be the most targeted depth.
Striped bass: Use live shad in the tailwaters. Fishing is slow due to the slower water flow.
Bluegill/Shellcracker: Many bluegill and shellcracker are bedding. Use crickets or worms for bait.
Sauger/Walleye: A few fish are being caught in the tailwaters while trolling crankbaits.
Catfish: Catfish are being caught while drifting in the main channel. Some anglers are fishing close to rocky banks in the river and the deeper creeks. Meaty baits are being used.
16 May 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 74 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Plastic worms, creature baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures are among the most used baits now. Most or many bass have spawned. Shallow water bass are being caught but many are located around brush or grass away from the bank.
Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching more smallmouth than other anglers. Crankbaits are being used along the bank.
Crappie: Docks and offshore brush are the better target areas. Jigs and minnows can be used as bait. 10 to 20 feet of water is the depth where most fish are being caught.
Striped bass: Slow water flow is creating conditions that are difficult for striper anglers. Only a few fish are being caught.
Bluegill/Shellcracker: Worms or crickets are the best bait. Shallow isolated water is the place where beds can be found.
Catfish: Some catfish are being caught in the river and a few are being caught in the creeks and sloughs. Meaty baits are being used. Slow to no current flow is creating difficult angling conditions.