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Description of the Lake:
Chatuge Lake, aka, Chatuge Reservoir, is an ideal lake for bass anglers. It has three
different species of bass - largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass as well as hybrid striped
bass. The lake is located in the northeast corner of Georgia and Hiawassee. There are
several other species as well. The lake covers 7,480 surface acres and has over 130 miles of
shoreline. There is good bank access as well as boat access. Anglers fish the lake from
canoes, kayaks, john boats, pontoon boats and bass boats. There are day-use areas that
provide over a mile of shoreline for fishing from the bank. There is lots of cover for the bass -
rocky banks, stump rows and laydowns. The lake is located in both Georgia and North
Carolina, and fishing regulations for both states apply.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Hybird Striped Bass
Bluegill
Rebreast Sunfish
Black Crappie

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Spring is the best time for bass and crappie. Late spring is good for bluegill and sunfish.
Summer:
This is a good time for all three species of bass as well as the hybrid stripers. It is also good
for Bluegill and sunfish.
Fall:
Fall it a great time for bass.
Winter:
Winter months are good for bass, and late winter days for black crappie

Lake Level: Chatuge Lake

Weather: Hiawassee, Georgia

Recommended Lures and Bait : Perfect Lures
Bass - spotted, smallmouth and largemouth: Deep diving crankbaits, worms, jig and grubs, top water
lures early and late

Bluegill: Poping bugs, early and late, see below

Crappie: Slow





























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass - Minnow, Crayfish

Hybrid Stripers - Shad

Bluegill/Shellcrackers - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
02/24/19 The bass are moving into their pre-span areas in water 3 to 6 foot
deep off the spawning areas. They will hold on whatever cover is available. Fish
stump rows and similar cover with diving crankbaits and jigs with trailers.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
03/29/19 Lake Chatuge Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at
bottom of page)
Bass are being caught in good numbers. They are in the pre-spawn stage
holding near spawning grounds on the heavest cover nearby. Jerk baits, shallow
running crackbaits and jigs with trailers are catching the. Fish the 3 to 5 ft deeps.
Fishing Lake Chatuge, Georgia
07/31/19 Fishing Report for Lake Chatuge, Georgia
Bass are being caught early and late in the day on topwater lures. Shallow running
crankbaits and jerkbaits are also working early mornings around cover. Plastic worms
working during the day 8 to 15 foot deep along dropoffs and around cover,.Bream and
sunfish is good early and late in the day on popping bugs. Crappie fishing is slow. White
bass are caught when schooling on shallow running crankbaits and jerkbaits. Strippers are
caught when found shooling on topwater lures and jerkbaits.
Featured Perfect Lure: