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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions


Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


Bass have been through much change in water elevations the past week with heavy current in the main lake. The good news is that the water is projected to rise this week slowly which is always good as more and more of these bass will start to stage and some will move to the beds. Look for the calm side of the flats with laydown trees gravel banks or even docks. Topwater baits and Texas Rig plastics are hard to beat around these areas. The staging areas maybe the edge of the flats or adjacent ditches and points these areas can be great for a Swimbait, Chatterbait or SwimJig. Crappie are bedding and are in shallow flat areas especially in the trees. My number one bait is a Bobby Garland under a float if it’s 3 feet I want my bait at 2 feet. The other way to catch em is to troll the flats and shallow creek channels again with a floater and Bobby Garland. Bluegill and Shellcrackers are making their way up in the creek channels and around shallow gravel points a split shot and a worm is the best way to catch em.


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.