Chickamauga lake Tennessee fishing reports from TWRA creel clerks and the information is located at Huntfishbuddy


Chickamauga Lake Fishing Report:  29 Sept 2015

Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 681.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 74 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. The weekend frog bite slowed down. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and plastic worms were being used by most anglers along grass beds in the larger creeks and river flats. Deeper edges seemed to be the best place to locate a few bass.

Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers using shad and spoons are catching smallmouth in the area dividing the placid water from the moving water.

Crappie: Good. Minnows and/or jigs are being used near bluff walls, boat docks and submerged brush in the deeper creeks. Several crappie are being caught. Most crappie are being caught deeper than 8 feet.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching a lot of fish at times. The best bait is the skipjack shad.

Bluegill: Good.Worms or crickets are the baits most anglers choose. Almost any rock wall holds a few bluegill. Upper reservoir river drifters catch a mix of catfish, shellcrackers, and bluegill.

Catfish: Good. Conditions determine how successful a trip may be. Meaty baits are being used in the main channel. Current is always a positive.

White Bass: Breaking fish are being caught in different areas of the lake. Topwater lures are being used.
The more consistent area may be below in the tailwaters. Jigging spoons and spinner-type lures are the alternative baits when there isn’t any surface activity.


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22 Sept 2015

Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 681.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 73 degrees. Temperature varies several degrees depending on time of day and location.

Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are catching their fish on surface lures over or near main lake grass.

Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth are being caught. Most smallmouth caught are bonus catches and most catches occur while using crankbaits near rock points or bluffs on the main channel.

Spotted Bass: Rocky banks, jigs or crankbaits in combination will probably increase the odds of catching spotted bass.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is good now and it will only get better with the cooling weather. Minnows or jigs used around blowdowns on deeper banks would be a good starting point.  Deeper docks in sloughs or the main lake is another pattern where crappie can be caught.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers at times at catching a lot of fish while using shad. Some of those being caught weigh more than 30 pounds.

White Bass: Several fish are being caught at times when the conditions are favorable. Spoons and spinner-type lures are the best baits to use. Top water baits are great when the white bass are surface feeding.

Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is always good. Small jigs, worms, and crickets are the best baits. Many locations are good for bluegill. Rock banks along the main channel or in the creeks are good areas to catch bluegill. River drifters in the upper reservoir are catching plenty of bluegill with a few shellcrackers in the mix.

Catfish: Many catfish are being caught by river drifters when the current is favorable. Meaty baits are always good. Chicken parts, shad, bluegill, shrimp and many other baits are used by those that pursue catfish.