Lake Chatuge

Lake Chatuge is a TVA reservoir on the Hiwassee River that was created by the construction of Chatuge Dam, which was completed in 1942. The dam is located in western North Carolina, and the lake extends southeast into Georgia around the city of Hiawassee.

Lake Chatuge Resources

Lake Chatuge Fishing Report – February 2024

By GON Staff | January 31, 2024

Chatuge: Level: 5.7 feet below 1925. Temp: 41- 43 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service, reports, “Fishing has been fair. The past month we have had all kinds of weather changes; some warm days, a lot of rain and air temps in the single digits, which has dropped the water temps to the lowest we’ve seen in a couple of years. I hope it provides us with a good shad kill. Our mountain lakes are starting to get overpopulated with blueback herring, which means we have way more bait than fish, which causes the lake to get out of balance. I’ve been marking fish 18 to 45 feet deep on main-lake ditches and way-off points. I’ve been targeting these fish with a drop shot, a 4.5-inch Roboworm or switching it up with a 3-inch minnow bait to try and match the herring that they’re feeding on. You…

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Lake Chatuge Fishing Articles

Gilmer County Teen Drowns While Duck Hunting On Lake Chatuge

A high-school senior from Ellijay drowned when he tumbled overboard while duck hunting on Lake Chatuge just across the Georgia-North Carolina border on Nov. 18. Authorities said 18-year-old Trenton Daniel Johnson, a student at Gilmer High School, was attempting to retrieve a downed duck when he toppled headfirst into the water. His hunting partner, Carson…

Crappie Sets Lake Record On Chatuge

A black crappie that weighed 2 pounds on the dot has set a new record for Lake Chatuge. Howard Stimis, of Hiwassee, was fishing on Chatuge April 6 when the big slab bit a 2-inch Hot Grub made by Crappie County Bait & Tackle that Howard purchased at Hammond’s Fishing Center near Lake Lanier. “I…

Lake Chatuge Bass Mapped For January

  Lake Chatuge spotted bass are feeding heavily in January, eating shad and herring. They follow the same wintertime patterns as Lanier spots, and you can catch them on ditches and rocks. There is also a good largemouth bite at Chatuge after a heavy rain stains the rivers and creeks. Chatuge is a good choice…

Lake Chatuge Bass Tournament To Benefit Veterans

Fishermen can honor our veterans and those on active duty while enjoying a day fishing on Lake Chatuge for big money and prizes. The Lake Chatuge ‘Reelin’ It In For Vets’ fishing tournament will be held Nov. 2. The team event entry fee is $200 per team, which includes tournament entry, Big Fish pot and…

Lake Chatuge Hybrids Are Back

There is a secret in the north Georgia mountains. Few anglers are aware that Lake Chatuge is full of 6- to 8-lb. hybrid bass. They are hungry, they are in tight schools under baitfish right now, and you can catch 30 to 50 of them in a few hours all summer long. Filled in 1942,…

Lake Chatuge Record Fish

Largemouth Bass16-lbs., 11-ozs.David Presely03/27/1976
Smallmouth7-lbs., 2-ozs.Jack Hall03/28/1973
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 13.8-ozs.James Dean10/11/03
Hybrid Bass25-lbs., 8-ozs.David C. Hobby05/01/1995
Walleye9-lbs., 4-ozs.Carol Owenby04/07/1991
Black Crappie2-lbs., 0-ozs.Howard Stimis04/06/2023
Rainbow Trout2-lbs., 8.5-ozs.Walker Ross06/23/2012
Yellow Perch1-lb., 2.24-ozs.Mark McClure04/19/2021


Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona is a 12,010-acre reservoir in the north Atlanta suburbs located primarily in Bartow and Cherokee counties. The major tributaries are the Etowah and Little rivers and Allatoona and Stamp creeks, although numerous other creeks flow into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment. Allatoona is known as a good lake for catching numbers of spotted bass, and it's also known for good striped bass and hybrid bass. Allatoona is a very busy lake for recreational boaters during the summer, when many bass anglers opt to fish at night.

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Lake Allatoona Fishing Report – February 2024

By GON Staff | January 31, 2024

Allatoona: Level: 5.6 feet below 840. Temp: 41-45 degrees. Clarity: Heavy stain to muddy except for a mild stain in the mid-lake section. Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Fair. February on Allatoona can sometimes be tough. Throughout the fall and winter, we have been catching good numbers of bass, but due to the heavy rains and super cold temperatures at the end of January, it has slowed the bite quite a bit. During the last week of January, water temps went from the low 40s to the low 50s after the warm rains. Depending on how temperatures and rainfall are this month, we will see a more consistent bite. For the first part of February, we are still very much in a winter pattern. Bass are scattered out with quite a few fish out deep, with some nicer bass coming in the shallow to mid-depth range. February tends to…

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Lake Allatoona Fishing Articles

Popular Country DJ, James “Moby” Carney, Dies

James “Moby” Carney, a popular country music radio DJ with strong ties to the Georgia outdoor community, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at age 69. Moby had battled stage 4 stomach cancer. The GON Community got to know Moby not just from his morning show on Kicks 101.5 from 1991 to 2012, but also through…

5-Foot Allatoona Gar Almost Breaks State Record

The record for longnose gar on Lake Allatoona was smashed last week by angler Caleb McClure. The huge fish was just shy of 5 feet long and weighed 27.25 pounds. Caleb caught the gar while fishing with his friend Trent Hall. “We were fishing right next to Sweetwater Campground in an area that we knew…

Allatoona Gar Record Set By Youth

Little more than a month after Seth Shoults, of Cartersville, set two Etowah River catfish records in one night, he guided his nephew into the Lake Allatoona waterbody record books. On the evening of April 21, Seth established the new blue catfish and channel catfish waterbody records on the Etowah River. He caught a 7-lb.…

380 Buttonbushes Planted In Lake Allatoona

On Feb. 4, fishing club members of the E3 Bassmasters, the Marietta Bassmasters, Lake Allatoona USACE volunteers, the Lake Allatoona Association and the Georgia DNR conducted another planting as part of an ongoing habitat enhancement project on Allatoona Lake. The fishing club members belong to the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, as well as the local…

Blueback Herring Now Legal Bait For Lake Allatoona Anglers

It is now legal to possess and use blueback herring as bait on Lake Allatoona. The new regulation went into effect earlier last month. DNR approved the change after a public comment period in which some fishermen expressed wishes for the change and others expressed concern, Lake Allatoona WRD Fisheries Biologist Jackson Sibley said. Blueback…

Allatoona Lake Records

Largemouth Bass16-lbs., 9-ozs.Greg Rymer08/31/82
Spotted Bass7-lbs., 11-ozs.George Clark11/18/74
Hybrid Bass13-lbs., 9.5-ozs.Danny Alsobrook02/07/90
Striped Bass42-lbs.Clint Hight02/15/02
Black Crappie3-lbs., 7.36-ozs.Corey Harmon03/05/22
White Bass3-lbs., 2-ozs.Darrell Baxter05/15/94
Flathead Catfish35-lbs., 10.88-ozs.Sandy Sanders06/20/08
Blue Catfish52-lbs., 1-oz.Aaron Churchwell10/27/20
Tiger Trout2-lbs., 12.8-ozs.Bob Geresti02/01/18
Yellow Perch1-lb., 1.44-ozs.David Brewer12/02/23
White Crappie3-lbs., 4.24-ozs.Cody Hopkins02/10/22
Longnose Gar27-lbs., 4-ozs.Caleb McClure06/24/23
Shellcracker1-lb., 9-ozs.Dan Huizinga05/04/23