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Lake Chickamauga fishing conditions

Dayton TN Fishing Conditions


Weekly Fishing Report for LAKE CHICKAMAUGA


Bass are in the grass and on the ledges. For the grass, my number one bait is a plastic worm on a light sinker it doesn’t matter if it’s a mag finesse worm or a 12 inch Ol Monster. You want your baits in the grass to be natural so don’t over weigh your worm. It’s rare that I go over a 1/4 ounce weight. The ledges are miles and miles of graphing and knowledge of the shellbeds on the Tennessee River is so important! My number one bait is a football jig and I back that up with a Driftwood Swimbait. It’s rare to find any football jig in my boat that is less than 3/4 of an ounce. The Swimbait weight varies from 3/8 Super 8 to 3/4 Super 8 head; I throw a 5inch and a 7 inch. Crappie are on the bridges and deep stumps but you can still catch them trolling. The bluegill and shellcrackers are on the bed or on the main lake humps and points.


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.