Lake Chatuge Fishing Report February 2006

Chatuge: Level: 6.7 feet below full pool. Temp: 45 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Slow. The series of weather fronts slowed the late January bite. Ordinarily during February fish can be caught in a variety of ways. A silver Hopkins or a white Flex-it jigging spoon worked just off the bottom in 30 to 45 feet of water near brush on main-lake points will usually catch spots. If jigging a spoon isn’t your favorite technique, try shaking a Texas-rigged Zoom Finesse worm in green pumpkin through main-lake brushpiles on points. If you are looking for largemouths, try slow-rolling a crankbait through blowdowns and brush back in the creeks. By late February, especially if there are several warm days in a row, the spots may begin to move up on rocky, main-lake points and the Shad Rap bite, a strong pattern in March, will begin.

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