Chickamauga lake Tennessee fishing reports from TWRA creel clerks and the information is located at Huntfishbuddy
Chickamauga Lake Fishing Report: 15 Feb 2017
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 677.06 feet. The water surface temperature is 48 degrees. The lake was crowded over the weekend.
Largemouth Bass: Most fish are being caught on the river; however some anglers are finding some shallow bay fish. The shallow fish are being caught near shad. Lipless lures, jigs, the “Rig”, and spoons are being used by many anglers. Some anglers are catching several fish and a few big fish are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught in the tailwaters. Jigs are being used more often than other lures.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are the baits being used. Most crappies are being caught on the main channel banks.
Striped bass: Shad is the best bait. Jigs and jerkbaits are being used when live bait is not used.
Bluegill/Shellcracker: Several shellcracker are being caught in the slow water pockets upstream in the tailwaters. Bluegills are being caught in the larger creeks along flats. Some big bluegills are being caught. Most bluegills are being caught by crappie anglers.
Catfish: No reports or observations.
08 Feb 2017
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 679.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 49 degrees in many areas.
Crappie: Crappies are being caught in large secondary area bends where shallow flats and drop offs intersect. Mid to upper reservoir anglers are fishing the river. Current diversion holes are the areas of interest. Minnows or jigs can be used with equal results.
Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching more fish than anglers in other areas. Most smallmouths are being caught on jigs or shiners while casting along the banks.
Largemouth Bass: Most fish are being caught 6 to 12 feet deep along drops near flats. Focal points are on the main channel. Some big fish are being caught. Jerkbaits are being used by many anglers. Many anglers use the “Rig” since it so easy to use and it requires very little skill.
Striped bass: Just a few reports of fish being caught and no observations.
Bluegill/Shellcracker: Flats adjacent to the main lake seem to be the better pattern. Many fish are being caught by crappie anglers. Shellcrackers are being caught in small isolated areas off the river channel in the upper reservoir. Jigs, worms, crickets are the better baits. Exactly the same as last week.
Sauger and walleye: Some fish are being caught in the upper reservoir. Current was virtually absent in 2016. That is not a problem now. It is probably too strong to fish ideally. Bottom fishing with jigs is the method being used to catch a few fish. More walleye than sauger are being caught.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used by river drifters to catch fish. Some heavy fish are being caught.