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 – April 2024

By GON Staff | March 27, 2024

Chatuge: Level: 5.6 feet below 1925. Temp: 56-57 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service, reports, “Fishing has been good. With the warmer weather, the water temps are rising, and the fish are trying to move up for the spawn. This is my favorite time of the year to fish. I will start my mornings out around mid lake, fishing long, clay points and pebble-rock banklines. The baits I fish the most in these areas are a 3.5-inch tube and a Ned rig. I’m targeting 6 to 18 feet of water, just casting and slow dragging with the occasional pop of the lure. There are so many banks that the spotted bass spawn on. Sometimes you will find a stretch that may have up to 10 fish on a 70-yard area. Sometimes it makes it hard to leave these areas, but once the sun gets up good, I’ve…

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Lake Chatuge Fishing Articles

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 Bass Mapped For September

The same reasons Lake Chatuge is a good choice for the prestigious BASS Angler of the Year Championship this month makes it a good choice for Georgia anglers in September. The deep, clear lake is ringed with mountains and is very scenic. Even better, its shallows have a good population of quality largemouth, while big…

Chatuge Bass Staging And Stacked

February is a great time to catch some big spots, but where should you go? Lanier, Carters and Allatoona probably come to mind as great spotted bass destinations, but there may be a better choice up on the North Carolina line. Lake Chatuge has a great population of big spots—and largemouth—and now is a good…

Young Harris Team Places Second At Bassmaster College Series National Championship On Lake Chatuge

As the host team, there were expectations for Brad Rutherford and Matthew Peeler of Young Harris College to fish well on the mountain reservoir in the backyard of their college campus. The pair didn’t fold to the pressure, placing second at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship tournament on Lake Chatuge Aug. 1-3. Brad…

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., 3-ozs.Dillon Phillips03/31/24
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 – April 2024

By GON Staff | March 27, 2024

Allatoona: Level: 1.2 feet below 840. Temp: 58-63 degrees. Clarity: Stain of all levels. Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “April on Allatoona is on fire!  Bass are in all phases of the spawn. This is the month when you pick your favorite way to fish, and that’s how you can catch them. Most fish are shallow, but they can be caught in depths up to 20 feet deep. Pebble/rock points and red-clay banks are great areas to start. Jig-head worms and Carolina rigs are great techniques this time of year. A good rule of thumb is to fish them slow, not with a lot of shaking but just dragging. Natural colors are my go-to. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits are also great right now. These baits are retrieved quickly. The fish you are targeting with these baits are chasing active baitfish, so covering water is key. The topwater bite starts…

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Lake Allatoona Fishing Articles

12 Pound Lake Allatoona Bass Likely From WRD Stocking Program

Jonathan Ray considers Lake Lanier his home lake, but the Ball Ground resident likes to venture to Lake Allatoona several times each year. He plans to go to the Stamp Creek section of the lake a lot more in the future. All Jonathan did was what all bass fishermen dream of but what few accomplish.…

Lake Allatoona Spawn Season Bass

Spotted bass, largemouth and shad are all spawning this month on Allatoona, and anglers can catch bass by keying on the different spawning areas for each species. If you want to have fun and catch a bunch of fish, target spots. If quality fish are your goal, look for bedding largemouth. And when the shad…

Lake Allatoona Water Safety Efforts Lead To National Award

An estimated 4,000 people drown to death each year in the United States. Of those deaths, more than 50% could have been prevented if those victims had been wearing a life jacket. That’s where Travis England steps in. England, a public affairs specialist at Lake Lanier and a former park ranger at Lake Allatoona, coordinated…

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 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