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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions

Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


Bass are feeding up heavily during this fall transition.

Topwater is a great way to catch numbers and big ones this time of year. Topwater baits include Buzzbait and Walking Baits (Zara Spooks, Pencil Poppers, etc.).

Grass baits include hollow-body frogs or toads. PopRs work great around wood and rock. Fishing flats include Ratltraps, Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, and Swimbaits, and the SwimJig.

The current breaks are great with Jerkbaits and Arias. Lay down trees are a great place for jigs, Texas rig worms or lizards, and a shakeyhead.

My number one baits are Topwater pencil-style walking baits and a PopR. The grass baits are hollow body Spro frogs. The Bobby Garland is number 1 in my book under a float or Tightlined.

Crappie are starting to bite well around deeper docks and creek channel bends, over stumps, or deeper laydown trees.

Please remember everyone the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge closes for 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 $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.