Head to Chattanooga for some of the best fishing in the area.
The Chattanooga area can offer some great fishing opportunities due to the versatility offered by Chickamauga Lake, which navigates through the city of Chattanooga and was recently named the No. 2 “Best Lake in the U.S.” by Bassmaster Magazine.
Chickamauga Dam, which lays within the Chattanooga city limits, separates these two reservoirs. The Chickamauga Dam’s tailwaters (Nickajack headwaters) offer some of the best fishing in the Chattanooga area year round.
This is because of favorable characteristics such as cooler water in the summer, water current, preferred habitat (rip rap banks and a rocky bottom) and lots of available bait fish such as threadfin and gizzard shad. One could anticipate catching catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish, spotted bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and striped bass as well as other species in this area.
The most popular baits depend on the species which are typically live bait such as shad for stripers and bass, worms or crickets for bluegill, cut fish bait for catfish and artificial baits that mimic shad or crayfish for most game fish.