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 – September 2022

By GON Staff | August 25, 2022

Chatuge: Level: 1.2 feet below 1925 Temp: 81-83 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service, reports,  “Fishing is still good. The topwater bite has slacked off some. You will see some fish breaking throughout the day, so you definitely want to keep a topwater bait handy on the deck of your boat. I always have a Whooper Plopper or Strike King Sexy Dawg Jr. tied on. If it’s a cloudy day, I throw something in a natural color or shad pattern. If it’s sunny, I like throwing chrome. I will also keep a 2.75- or 3.25-inch Strike King Sexy Swimmer swimbait on a 1/4- or 3/8-oz. swimbait head to cast and swim across offshore structure and cast around where fish have jumped. Most the fish we’ve been catching the past month are spitting up herring baitfish around 2.5- to 3.5-inches long. Since the water temps have been so…

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Lake Chatuge Fishing Articles

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 for…

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,…

Mitchell Grimsley: Chatuge Bass Tourney

Mitchell Grimsley is a 15-year-old sophomore at Towns County High School where he competes on the high school fishing team. Mitchell’s GON Blog centers around his fishing outings and tournament experiences in north Georgia. Georgia Bass Nation Trail held a tournament on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee on Nov. 24.  The main target for most tournament…

Top BASS Pros Fish Chatuge

If you read Caz Anderson’s recent Lake Chatuge Map-of-the-Month article and also followed the BASS Angler of the Year tournament on-line or in person on Sept. 20-23, you saw Caz was spot-on for patterns and baits. The pros put their own special talents to finding bass and catching them, but they used the types of…

Lake Chatuge Record Fish

Largemouth Bass16-lbs., 11-ozs.David Presely03/27/76
Smallmouth7-lbs., 2-ozs.Jack Hall03/28/73
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 13.8-ozs.James Dean10/11/03
Hybrid Bass25-lbs., 8-ozs.David C. Hobby05/01/95
Walleye9-lbs., 4-ozs.Carol Owenby04/07/91
Black Crappie1-lb., 14.88-ozs.Jerry McClure04/12/21
Rainbow Trout2-lbs., 8.5-ozs.Walker Ross06/23/12
Yellow Perch1-lb., 2.24-ozs.Mark McClure04/19/21