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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions


Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


Bass are in a major transitional period, as the world they live in is changing rapidly! They will do several different things during this time – It’s not unusual to have several different rods on the deck during a day at this time. You have to have a topwater PopR on at all times and a Driftwood CustomBaits buzz bait with a 3.5 or 3.75 Swim-bait on it. I like the new color GTO! If these Bass are not chasing shad slow down and swim a worm or SwimJig. Another way to catch them is to get a big stick and punch em! The other way is a hollow body frog or a toad. Let the bait decide the pattern for you if see them, hear them, or see them on your graphs do what they say! Grass Bass are very nomadic, so go with them. If you find a productive area stand on ’em! They may be gone at any time. Crappie are definitely on the bridges and main point grass edges. Bluegill and Shellcrackers are on the bluffs and main lake.


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.