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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions


Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


Bass are holding on main lake points so that means the Arig is definitely a player right throw the bait up in 3-4 feet and slow roll it back into 10-12 feet of water make sure not to overweight the bait 1/8 to 3/16 ounce Swimbait heads are heavy enough since we can only have 3 hooks on our Arigs in TN. The other bait is a jerkbait I throw these suspending baits in 12 lb line in the same areas as I throw the Arig. Always watch your graph as you idle these areas if baitfish are present the Bass are probably in the area. Crappie also like these areas in the out of current zone I use a 1/16 or 1/32 ounce leadhead with a Bobby Garland Baby Shad under a floater or Tightline. Bluegill and Shellcrackers are on shellbeds near the main channel creek mouths tight lining a Bobby Garland or Popeye Fly is a must for these fish.

Let’s Go Fishing Y’all!


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 $350 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.