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 – May 2024

By GON Staff | May 2, 2024

Chatuge: Level: 1.9 feet below 1925. Temp: 65-67 degrees. Clarity: Clear. Bass: Guide Eric Welch, of Welch’s Guide Service, reports, “Fishing has been good. TVA has been bringing the lake up, and it’s almost at full pool for the bass to finish spawning. The bite has been on fire. I’ve been catching fish on about every rocky bank that looks to be a spawning area. This makes for some great fishing because you don’t hardly have to use any gas or run all over the lake. The baits I’ve been using in these areas have been a 3.5-inch tube and a shaky head. Fish are in just about any finger pocket on the main body or on any point and bankline that has small rocks or sand. I’ve been catching my largemouth in the backs of pockets and around areas that a creek runs into. We are coming off the end…

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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., 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 – May 2024

By GON Staff | May 2, 2024

Allatoona: Level: 1.2 feet above 840. Temp: 66-72 degrees. Clarity: Clear to a light stain. Bass: Tournament angler Matt Driver reports, “Fishing for the month of May is great. This month bass are postspawn and keying on shad and the shad spawn. The shad spawn occurs at night and usually ends shortly after daybreak. Threadfin typically spawn on hard surfaces, like rock and rip-rap. Blueback herring will spawn on red clay banks. During these times, fishing a jerkbait and walking-style topwater bait is the way to go. Fish are super aggressive and feeding up. Once the shad spawn bite is over, I’m switching to a swim jig and covering water. Fish are on the move. This time of year fish are relocating to summertime patterns. A lot of fish will be suspended in between those areas. You will notice a lot of fish suspended and feeding on bait in the…

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Lake Allatoona Fishing Articles

Allatoona Black Crappie Record Broken After 54 Years

After 54 years, the black crappie record has been broken on Lake Allatoona. The angler was Ralph Evans, of Marietta, who caught the 3-lb., 2-oz. fish on April 6. Below he shares the story of the catch as he pays tribute to a close fishing partner who passed away recently from COVID. By Ralph Evans…

Lake Allatoona Gets Largemouth Habitat

A combined effort by anglers and agencies is seeking to add shallow-water habitat at lake Allatoona for largemouth bass. The E3 Bassmasters of the Georgia Bass Nation, Allatoona U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteers, and the Georgia DNR conducted the final phase of a habitat enhancement project on Lake Allatoona on Feb 6. The project…

Lake Allatoona Winter Linesides

I loaded into the boat with our crew and departed Galt’s Ferry Landing and into the bends of Lake Allatoona. As the boat skirts across the water on this frigid Tuesday morning, I can feel the chill in the air seeping through my heaviest flannel and long johns, reminding me why we are the sole…

52-Pounder Sets Another New Lake Allatoona Catfish Record

October was the month of giant blue catfish in Georgia! There was the new state record 111-pound beast from the upper end of Lake Eufaula that’s created a buzz all over the country, and now for the second time in less than three weeks, Allatoona has produced another lake record blue catfish. The bar has…

44-lb. Blue Catfish Sets Allatoona Record

A fishing trip on Lake Allatoona for striped bass and hybrids yielded a big-fish surprise—and a spot in the records for angler Arturo Medina. Arturo, who lives in Acworth, was fishing with guide Steve Mark of First Bite Guide Service on Sunday morning when their first bite was from a fish hit that caused mayhem…

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
Shellcracker2-lbs., 5-ozs.Dan Huizinga04/20/24