Chatuge: Level: 6.6 feet low. Temp: 60-64 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Guide Eric Welch reports, “The breaking fish are still scattered, but it seems like it’s lasting throughout the day if you’re in the right place. I’m throwing a Strike King Sexy Dawg and a Whopper Plopper, but you can also throw a 1/2-oz. Silver Buddy around the jumping fish. Once the sun gets up, I’ve been going to the drop shot with a 6-inch morning-dawn worm around humps and steep rocky banks. We’ve also been catching some fish around docks with a Texas-rigged 6.5-inch Strike King finesse worm in green pumpkin and a 3/8-oz. pb&j jig. It’s time to start throwing the Alabama rig around the flats and backs of pockets. The largemouth have been moving up feeding when the sun is up. Fishing is only going to get better as the water temp drops.”
Hybrids: Guide Jeremy Seabolt reports, “The hybrids have been chewing. This has been one of the best falls I have seen in a long time thanks to DNR rebuilding the hybrid population. We have been catching lots fish on herring around Ledfords Chapel and around the mouth of Hog Creek. We have been catching fish on downlines, freelines and tons on topwater. Going into December, I will be fishing the creeks and the big flats up the river. If you’re looking for a trophy hybrid, Chatuge has them. There have been some 12-pounders mixed in with all the 6- and 8-pounders.”