Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service and The Angler Fishing Team
As we launch from the boat ramp, the early morning fog begins to clear, giving us a panoramic shot of the spectacular mountain views. You can’t help but notice the hillsides, which were once green, are now giving way to a slight red, yellow and orange. Yes, fall is coming, but the days are still long, dry, and hot. I guess they call this Indian Summer; however don’t let this summer’s lack of rain and abnormally warm temps stop you from hitting the lake. Fishing on Lake Chatuge has been off the hook (no pun intended).
September brought us here at Big Ol’ Fish a record month on this lake. On September 1st we boated an amazing 67 fish, a mixture of big hybrids, spots, and maybe a wayward catfish or two. Like I said in my last editorial, September and October are always hot months for us out there.
Water temps are still hovering around 82-83 degrees, and the lake is about 6 feet below full pool—not too much to make a big difference. Just watch your props in some of the shallow areas and cuts. Trust me, I know.
Spotted bass are everywhere on the lake. Continue to pick them up off long slopping points, around brush piles and shallow humps. Don’t be afraid to search out in the middle of the lake from the dam to marker #3. There are tons of fish out there in the 25-35 foot range. We’ve been catching the deeper spots using live herring on down lines. Jigging spoon/flutter spoons, Carolina rigs and a good drop-shot have been working great as well. Also, look for spots chasing up baits and busting on top-water. Shallow diving crank baits, poppers and Zara Spooks have been great for hooking up with these guys.
We’ve had an excellent early morning hybrid bite. These big boys are still schooling deep. Your electronics are key for finding them. Pay close attention to your graph. Search for these aggressive fighting hybrids off rocky points and ledges close to the main channel and around humps in the mouths of creeks. Most of our fish have been caught in the 35-50 foot range and on down-lined blue backs. Another great tool to find these monsters is an umbrella-rig. Trolled slowly behind the boat at speeds around 2-3 mph, they allow you to cover a lot of ground and mark some good fish. Umbrella-rigs mimic little schools of bait fish and will drive hybrids crazy. We’ve caught some huge fish off these, and they are fun to use.
October brings with it some excellent fishing on Lake Chatuge, not to mention some of the most breathtaking mountain views that autumn can dish out. For the fishing trip of a lifetime, book your fall fishing trips now. Big Ol’ Fish Guiding Service has three guides covering all our local area lakes and is Murphy, NC’s only full-time guide service. Let us get you hooked up on some of the best fishing during this stunning leaf-looking season.