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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions

Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


The water temperature is hanging around 73-77 degrees depending on where you’re at on the lake, but cooler temperatures are on the way. Water elevation is higher than normal this week. I expect it to fall when the upper dams quit spilling.

Bass are definitely eating bluegills in the grass mats. Listen for these bluegills as they eat the bugs in the grass mats. They pop like popcorn if you experience this slowdown and fish the area thoroughly — this is like me saying if you see bass chasing shad you may want to thoroughly fish the area.

I personally like to have three different size frogs (90, 65, and Junior) on the deck to check these mats, as some of the bluegills are bigger than others. You would really be surprised what a difference in bites can be when you pick the right size.

I always have a punch rod with me when I’m frogging. I’ll have it outfitted with a small craw or creature bait, with a strong hook, and a pegged weight from 1 oz to 1 3/4 oz — depending on the thickness of the mats.

The Chatterbait and Spinnerbait stay on my deck, along with a DriftwoodCustomBaits Headbanger Buzzbait trailed with a 3.5 to 4-inch DriftwoodCustomBaits Swimbait. SwimJigs are always great this time of year. Along with plastic worms, all of these baits are used on The Grass Edges or in scattered grass areas in front of The Mats.

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.