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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions


Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


Bass are still being caught in the shallow grass and wood but the bite has slowed down. Looks like they are pushing towards their summer schedule even with the lack of current you can still catch them but you have to use your electronics from 8-25 feet these fish are heavily pressured so they may not hit your average offshore baits like a big crankbait or big swimbait. But if you see them fire on them quickly or they may be gone. If you see some on the graph as you idle over them you may scatter them so go on and come back shortly or mark a bunch of schools then fish back through them.

You need baits like a big worm Texas Rig or a Carolina Rig and a Football Jig works great with a crawfish trailer the weights of these baits are normally heavier than the standard we start at 1/2 and go to 1 ounce! The big worm or a drop shot will require less weight as it falls much faster. The DriftwoodCustomBaits Swimbait is awesome with a 3/4 Super 8 head in a SunDrop color. The Crankbait bite is SexyShad or Blue/Chartreuse. The crappie are in the middle of the creeks or on the main channel in 12-30 feet.


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.