Why? This one is known for having one of the best fishing lakes in the country for bass. This lake is a reservoir along the Tennessee River, created when the Chickamauga Dam was built. The current record for largest largemouth bass, which was 15 pounds, 2 ounces, was caught in Chickamauga Lake. It’s got over 800 miles of shoreline, and fly fishing from the banks is famous in these parts. There are also lots of boat launch ramps, so anyone from beginners to advanced fishers can catch bass on pontoons, kayaks, and larger bass boats.
Best for: Boat, shore, fly, jump, and flat fishing
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Type of fish to catch: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, redear sunfish, blue catfish, striped bass, Channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, sauger, paddlefish, bowfin.
Best time of year: Late winter to early spring for bass, and there are tournaments in February and June
Places of interest: Harrison Bay State Park, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Tennessee Aquarium, Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, Booker T Washington State Park, Marinas, boat rentals, boat launch ramps, fishing charters, campgrounds, RV parks, lodging, bait & tackle shops, restaurants.