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Cast Your Line With Our Fishing Guide to Lake Chatuge

There’s nothing quite like spending a cool morning on the tranquil waters of Lake Chatuge, waiting for that perfect catch. Whether just soaking in the peace, quiet and scenic ambiance as your line sits in anticipation, or the thrill of tugging that prized fish out of the water, it’s an ideal way to spend a summer day. Not sure where to cast your line? Never fear! We’ve put together a handy guide to fishing on Lake Chatuge, covering everything from where to get your gear to what kind of fish swim in our depths, and a few of the exciting tournaments you can expect to see on our shores! Let’s dive in.

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Stock Up Before You Cast Out

Before you get out on our sparkling lake, you have to make sure you have all of the lines, hooks, bait and, of course, the sunscreen you’ll need! Lake Chatuge has several stops to make sure you’re getting the best gear in town. C & J Mountain Outfitters, an outdoor recreation retailer, has a full line of tournament bait and tackle, live bait, workwear and footwear. Mountain Valley Country Store, another locally owned shop, has a fishing department with a large selection of casting, spinning and fly-fishing flies and lures. Live bait, fly fishing, bass fishing, crappie fishing and custom hand-painted lures are also available. If your rod needs a repair or your reel needs a good cleaning, stop on in Squiggly Worm Bait and Tackle, which also offers live bait, tackle, ice and fishing rod rentals in addition to their repair services!
Let Our Experts Be Your Guide

Our waters are swimming with prized bass – largemouth, spotted, striped – you name it, you can find it swimming in Lake Chatuge. Many of our local pros and aficionados offer guided tours to make your bass fishing adventure a breeze, like Fish Chatuge! Captained by Caz Anderson, an accomplished tournament fisherman, Fish Chatuge offers a variety of guided tours for eager and excited guests. You can also team up with the Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service, which specializes in live bait bass fishing, or C & J Mountain Outfitters for an unforgettable fishing excursion. Whether in need of a full how-to or just wanting someone to show you the best spots to cast your line, these teams are ready with reels, rods, boats, bait and plenty of expertise. If you’re wanting to fly solo, you can also rent your own boat and take your line out for a spin. Our marinas offer a variety of boat rentals.

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The Pros Love It, And So Will You

Because of our status as a bass fisherman’s paradise, we’re fortunate to host numerous fishing tournaments on our shores. Many local organizations will host regular tournaments for anyone who is ready to compete for exciting cash prizes. There are also several charity tournaments throughout the year as well, with entry proceeds going to support important causes locally and regionally. In years past, Lake Chatuge has also been the site of the impressive, nationally known Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship tournament. Fishing pros from all over the country flooded the shores of Lake Chatuge to cast their line and win the impressive first prize.

It’s not truly summer until you cast a fresh line into sparkling Lake Chatuge. Our shores are truly heaven for fishermen, and you’re sure to leave here hooked. To learn more about fishing in the area and start planning your next vacation, visit us at