|Scott Patton Fishing
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Chickamauga Lake Fishing Report
Water level:682.01 (Summer Pool 683)
Water Temp:65-69 (this varies a lot due to the cold nights)
Its been a different Spring this year for sure. Still can’t get rid of this cold weather, later in the week were still going to have night time temps into the mid 30’s to mid-40’s. Regardless the
bass are biting and there’s a lot of fish spawning!
The water level has come up letting the fish start spawning around the cattails and yellow flowers! I really love when I can put a Lew’s flipping stick in my hands and flip all day. I’ve been
fishing the back of creeks and backwater areas in the Dayton area in the river section of the lake.
I’m flipping a ZOOM Z Craw and a ZOOM Baby Brush Hog, in Blueberry (Black with blue flake) and green Pumpkin. A lot of the water isn’t real stained up so I’m catching more on green
pumpkin. If it’s seems a little stained, I will dip the tail in chartreuse dye and this really makes a big difference. I usually use ZOOM’s Dye Marker so I don’t have to worry about spilling
dye on the carpet of my Phoenix!
If I run into more muddy water from the rain then the Blue berry or Sapphire has been best. So, an angler needs to have all those colors on hand. It will make a big difference in how
many fish you catch at the end of the day.
I always flip with Lew’s 7ft-6 Custom lite flipping stick and a Lew’s Pro speed spool spooled with 25lb Seaguar Abraz X fluorocarbon. I will use a ¼ ounce Pro Tungsten weight if its not
to windy, if I’m having trouble with the wind then I will go with a 3/8 Pro Tungsten. The lighter weight will get you way more bites! I’m going behind a lot of boats and catching several fish
behind them. I feel its because the lighter weight is giving my Z Craw and Baby Brush hog way more life like action. Plus, with the light weight it will force you to fish slower. Which is
super important. Were fishing for bedding bass that we can’t see! Not feeding fish! There’s a big difference in how you need to present your bait!
There’s still some fish on the channel banks to, but I have done better myself shallow. I know there’s already been a few groups of bass spawn on Chickamauga and an angler can catch
them on the channel banks and some of the main lake gravel bars, the current isn’t real fast right now so the main lake gravel bars could produce some big post spawn females.
With the grass starting to grow in the guts of the bays and flats, an angler can catch some post spawn fish in it as well. I would fish swim baits, chatterbaits and a big bladed spinnerbait
in the grass. Keep in mind the water is still cold and we still haven’t had our shad spawn yet, so I don’t feel that there’s enough fish that would have moved out on any of the ledges yet,
because most of the food is still shallow. When the shad spawn is over, they will begin to move out and that’s when the bass will move out! They will be where the food source is. And
the main food source here is the shad!
I still have days available in May and June.
June will be here soon and the ledge bite will be happening! So’ if you like to do a trip feel free to call, text or email me!
Be safe on the water and good fishing!
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Patton’s Guide Service
I guide full time on Chickamauga Lake and Lake Okeechobee, along with fishing the BASS Master Opens.
My sponsors are Phoenix Boats, ACS Marine, Pro Tungsten, Mercury, Lowrance, ZOOM, Lucky Craft, Kentucky Battery Outlet, Heritage Fence, Power Pole, Seaguar, Lews, TH
Marine, Costa Sunglasses, Marbury Construction Co,Renewal by Andersen/ky