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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions


Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA

Bass are being caught shallow and deep. In the shallow water we use a variety of moving baits, Swimbaits, Chatterbaits, Swimjigs, Spinnerbaits and BuzzBaits. All are 1/4 to 1/2 ounce baits in a Bluegill or Shad pattern. Big Worms are Texas Rigged with 1/8 to 3/8 ounce tungsten sinker. Worms of choice are Zoom Ol Monster its hard to beat green pumpkin or watermelon colors.

If you throw a jig get you one that comes through the grass well. You don’t want to fight against the grass but still want to try to have a natural presentation.

Deep fish are caught on Big Worms with stand up heads in 1/2 to 1 ounce to fish the deep shellbeds and stumps. Swimbaits are weighted 1/2 to 1 ounce heads to get your bait down to the fish without fighting the current. Dropshot weights are 1/4 to 1/2 ounce again to hold the bait down and get to the fish. Football Jigs are 3/4 to 1-1/4 ounce to stay on the shellbeds. Crankbaits are 5xd to 10xd depending if you are fishing 8 feet or 25 feet. There are many ways to catch these bass so be versatile have fun and stay on the move.

Crappie are 8-30 feet use your electronics to find them or fish the bridges. Night fishing with a light is a great way to catch them also. Bream and Shellcrackers can be caught on the beds or fishing the bluffs remember the mayflies are coming. Have fun and be safe.

Good luck y’all – Let’s Go Fishing!

If you like our weekly fishing report, you can tune in live with Billy Wheat every Saturday morning from 7-8 am during the “Set the Hook” radio program with Pat Rose on ESPN 105.1 The Zone in Chattanooga.


Benefit from the Insight of Bluewater’s Resident Fishing Guide

dayton tn fishing guide Billy Joe WheatDid you know Bluewater Resort & Marina has a fishing guide available here in Dayton to help our guests improve their experience staying on the water?

Captain Billy Joe Wheat, owner of Rip-Rap Fishing Adventure, uses Bluewater to launch excursions on Chickamauga Lake. Rates are $200 for up to 2 people for 4 hours of fishing or $300 for up to 2 people for 8 hours. Rates go up for each additional person after 2, and with follow boats tagging along.

Virtually everyone can benefit from his insight. For some children, he is a valued guide preparing them for tournament action or their first experience fishing. From the casual fisherman to tournament anglers looking for an edge, he can also offer instruction based on his considerable time in these waters. His YouTube page contains several videos where he and guests are reeling in catches under all seasons and weather conditions. Captain Wheat teaches his students how to use electronics and understand the impact of river currents on wildlife.

“The number one goal is for you to learn something new every time you go out with us and have a great time doing it!” he said.

A guided fishing adventure makes a great birthday or holiday gift, and gift certificates are available. To book your guided fishing adventure with Captain Wheat at Bluewater, call (423) 987-2606 or email him at riprapfishingadventures@yahoo.com.