Is Lake Chickamauga Really That Good? (Big Bass Eats A Spinnerbait)

Chickamauga was amazing! We'd never been to the lake but we had heard the rumors! Is it as good as they say? Can we catch a bunch of fish? How about a big bass? Come along as we head out on the water to see what all the fuss is about on Tennessee's best trophy bass lake. Spoiler Alert: Its good and we catch some big ones!

In 3 days we never struggled to get a bite and we caught fish on every lure that we threw. From senkos up shallow to deep cranks offshore, there we bass everywhere! The trick was figuring out how to catch the big ones but after a few days we got it dialed in and had an amazing time catching quality fish all over the lake The key for the bigger bites was shad. There was a shad spawn in the morning and the big bass were keying in on the opportunity.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used during our time on the lake. Baits are listed in order of appearance as we caught fish on a variety of lures. If you ever get the chance, take a day to fish Chickamauga, its an awesome fishery!

The Baits...

-California Swim Jig (3/8 oz Tactical Shad):

-Keitech 3.8" Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad):

-Jackall TN-70 lipless Crankbait (Ghost Minnow):

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait (I Know It):

-Keitech 4.3" Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz:

-Keitech 4.8" Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad):

-Jackall TN- 70 Lipless Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow):

-Azuma Z Boss 22 (Grand Shad):

-Blade Runner Underspin 1/2 oz:

-Strike King 6XD (Powder Blue Chartreuse):

-Yamamoto 5" Senko (Green Pumpkin/Watermelon Laminate):

-Yamamoto 6" Senko (Green Pumpkin):

Matt found an All-Around Rod This Trip that was unbelievably universal. From senko to spinnerbait, swim jig to Keitech, he was able to use a single rod. That's extremely rare but the combination of soft tip and solid back bone made the MBR amazingly versatile.

Matt's Versatile Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb:

Crankbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 200K HG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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Winter Jig Fishing In The Midwest!

Come along as we talk jig fishing tips and catch largemouth and smallmouth on football jigs on Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee! Winter is a great time to catch big bass and fishing a jig is one of the best ways to do it!

Which jigs should you fish with? Which trailers work best in the cold water? Which jig rod should you buy? We answer these questions and more! 

The Gear...
Finesse Football Jig:
Finesse Jig:
Casting Jig:
Compact Pitching Jig:

Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:
Smallie Beaver:

Preferred Winter Jigs Colors: Supermatt Brown, Go To, Molting Craw, Green Pumpkin Magic

Combo #1
Rod- Megabass Extreme Mission Type F:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Combo #2
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Jig Storage...
Plano Waterproof 3740:
Bass Mafia Bait Casket 3600:

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