On July 19th the elevation of ChickamaugaLake was 682.37 feetand rising slowly. The surface water temperature in the main lake is around 83 degrees. (To check daily elevations and projected levels of ChickamaugaLake visit: (http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm)
Crappie: Crappie fishing is still good on ChickamaugaLake. The Crappie are being caught under docks and around structure 12-18 ft. Tubes and minnows are the best producer for most anglers. Lantern fishing in the HarrisonBay area has been good on creek channel ledges.
Bass: Largemouth fishing on ChickamaugaLake is good. Most of the bass are being caught from 4-20ft. of water on a variety of baits. Bass are being caught in primary creek channels, like in the Wolftever Creek channel around HarrisonBay in 18 to 30ft. of water on spoons, jigs, and swimbaits .Bass are being caught around grass beds that have not been sprayed with herbicide. Night fishing for bass is fair at best.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is excellent around willow fly hatches using a variety of methods.
Catfish: Catfish are being caught in coves and bays as well as some main river action. Lots of cats were caught last week in the 12 to 22 ft. on cut baits. Jug fishing is excellent on the entire lake.
Fishing Tip: Warning: Dangerous herbicides are being sprayed in the ChesterFrostParkHarrisonBay area and since no signs are being posted, swimmers and fisherman, domestic animals and wildlife are at risk.