Chickamauga lake Tennessee fishing reports from TWRA creel clerks and the information is located at Huntfishbuddy
Chickamauga Lake Fishing Report: 19 May 2015
Chickamauga Reservoir: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.7 feet. The water surface temperature is in the mid 70’s.
Largemouth Bass: Fishing is good. Shallow water to about 16 feet deep is the best depth. Start shallow and move out later. Worms of various sizes, crank baits and some topwater lures are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater smallmouth are occasionally being caught. Jigs, crankbaits and plastic worms are being used.
Crappie: Some crappie are being caught in the river and along deeper secondary banks. Blowdowns and docks are frequent targets. Minnows or jigs are the enticers.
Striped bass: A few are being caught in the tailwaters. They were fairly thick earlier. Some up to 40 pounds were being caught, but it seems they have moved out of the immediate tailwaters. Various lures including jigs, “The Rig”, and topwater lures are being used. The shad is the steak bait.
Bluegill/shellcrackers: Crickets, worms, and small jigs are being used along some of the channels between the river and the sloughs. Most shallow water fish are in transition to deeper water.
Sauger/walleye: Not much going on with the sauger. Walleyes have energized that population of anglers that enjoy sauger fishing. Crankbaits trolled below Watts Bar Dam are being used to catch walleye up to 23 inches in length.
Catfish: River drifters are catching fish while using various meaty baits.
12 May 2015
Chickamauga Reservoir: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 62 degrees early warming to 72 degrees during the warm hours.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are catching just a few fish. Plastic worms, topwater baits and spinnerbaits are the top lures. Fish shallow or waters near shallow water.
Smallmouth Bass: Just a few fish are being caught. Crank baits on the extreme upper reservoir will offer the better opportunity.
Crappie: Some fish are moving to the river. Most are in the brush located in the creeks and sloughs in 8 to 12 feet of water.
Catfish: Drifters are catching many. Most are small. Chicken parts are popular.