Lake Chatuge Fishing Report – October 2022

GON Staff | September 29, 2022

Chatuge: Level: 3.5 below 1925. Temp: 75-77 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service, reports,  “Fishing is good. TVA has been lowering the lake for the winter, and the cooler weather we’ve been having is dropping the water temp. We’ve been seeing more fish breaking in the mornings and throughout the day. This time of year, I like throwing a Berkley Cane Walker, a Strike King Sexy Dawg Jr. and a Lucky Craft Gunfish. The baitfish we’ve been seeing is only 2.5 to 3.5 inches long, so if you are throwing swimbaits around this size, you’re going to get more bites. There are a good number of fish out on the offshore structure. I’m using my Garmin LiveScope to find the fish in these areas and will drop a drop-shot rig down on the fish I see. You can run this pattern and also catch fish on a shaky head. We’ve been catching fish in and around laydowns throwing a Texas rig and a 3/8-oz. jig. Anything in green pumpkin has been working. With October on us, you should start to see a lot of topwater action on the main body and in the pockets. They normally will be pushing bait hard. One great thing about forward sonar is that you are able to keep contact and follow the baitfish after they have gone down. Good luck.”

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