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#1261554 - 03/26/09 08:00 PM Chickamauga Fishing
CrouchPotato
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I relocated here a few years ago with a 16 foot jon boat and a 15 horse Merc in tow from the delta of MS which includes Sardis, Enid, Grenada, Arkabutla, Horeshoe, Reelfoot, Tunica Cutoff, Brandywine. Best decision I ever made for raising a family. Couldn't wait to take my son (9 years old) fishing to try our luck on some of the local Crappie or Bream, just to get a feel for the lake. I am not a bass fisher. I have to say after one, yes one, trip I had to sell the boat. I never have been so scared in my life. The lake was calm, bait was in the bucket, life jackets were strapped, we headed out to what is the island across from Wolftever and Harrison Bay. Bass boats just flied past us, across the fron to us, and behind us. Waves were coming at us in all directions. We took on a little water and made it to the other side and couldn't even fish knowing we had to make it make to Wolftever. I was never so glad to get back to a launching ramp in my life and try to keep some pride in my sons face. Sold the boat and haven't fished the lake since.
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#1261561 - 03/26/09 08:06 PM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: CrouchPotato]
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Sorry for your bad experience. If I really liked to fish, I wouldn't have sold my boat and gave up fishing. Plenty of water in that area to fish and get away from the crowds.
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#1262392 - 03/27/09 07:28 AM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: Rackseeker]
Kirk
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You were boating in the heaviest traffic area on Chickamauga. Even on weekdays it is heavy. With a metropolitan population of probably around 500,000 within a few miles of that area, the boating traffic is immense. That area is sort of like a Walmart parking lot on weekends.

The further you get up river away from Harrison Bay the lighter the traffic gets. It is almost non-existent on a weekday around Grasshopper boat ramp and on up the Hiwasee.
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#1263282 - 03/27/09 03:10 PM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: Kirk]
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Sounds exxagerated to me. There are plenty of locations to get away from high boat traffic, but even with high boat traffic I have never seen it as bad as you described it. Best of Luck to ya though!!
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#1263400 - 03/27/09 03:40 PM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: kdxdude]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: kdxdude
Sounds exxagerated to me. There are plenty of locations to get away from high boat traffic, but even with high boat traffic I have never seen it as bad as you described it. Best of Luck to ya though!!


i can believe it. that's the reason i don't put my boat in ft. loudon on weekends.
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#1264447 - 03/28/09 10:48 AM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: stik]
Kirk
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I was fishing a TX this past weekend and had to cut through Harrison Bay to get back in to Wolftever. It was around 2:PM and the area probably had 100 boats in it. The big houseboat/cabin cruisers were kicking off waves that looked like they were 3-4 feet high. I had to throttle back to a crawl to keep from going airborne a few times. I can see why a little Jon boat would take on water and feel overwhelmed. I saw two guys in a little Jon Boat out in the Bay area rocking pretty hard when one of the big boats went by.

If you get in this bay in the summer it is a lot worse. Wave Runners, Ski boats, Runabouts, Bass boats, Cabin cruisers, Houseboats, and even Sail boats are everywhere. I made the mistake of running through there on Labor day one year. Won't make that mistake again. \:D
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#1264458 - 03/28/09 10:59 AM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: CrouchPotato]
4onaside
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 5117
Loc: Jackson,Tn

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 Originally Posted By: CrouchPotato
I relocated here a few years ago with a 16 foot jon boat and a 15 horse Merc in tow from the delta of MS which includes Sardis, Enid, Grenada, Arkabutla, Horeshoe, Reelfoot, Tunica Cutoff, Brandywine. Best decision I ever made for raising a family. Couldn't wait to take my son (9 years old) fishing to try our luck on some of the local Crappie or Bream, just to get a feel for the lake. I am not a bass fisher. I have to say after one, yes one, trip I had to sell the boat. I never have been so scared in my life. The lake was calm, bait was in the bucket, life jackets were strapped, we headed out to what is the island across from Wolftever and Harrison Bay. Bass boats just flied past us, across the fron to us, and behind us. Waves were coming at us in all directions. We took on a little water and made it to the other side and couldn't even fish knowing we had to make it make to Wolftever. I was never so glad to get back to a launching ramp in my life and try to keep some pride in my sons face. Sold the boat and haven't fished the lake since.
May have been the "Best decision that you ever made for raising a family", and that obviously is primary. However, you also gave up some of the greatest fishing in the world, which you obviously are aware.
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#1264462 - 03/28/09 11:04 AM Re: Chickamauga Fishing [Re: CrouchPotato]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: CrouchPotato
I relocated here a few years ago with a 16 foot jon boat and a 15 horse Merc in tow from the delta of MS which includes Sardis, Enid, Grenada, Arkabutla, Horeshoe, Reelfoot, Tunica Cutoff, Brandywine. Best decision I ever made for raising a family. Couldn't wait to take my son (9 years old) fishing to try our luck on some of the local Crappie or Bream, just to get a feel for the lake. I am not a bass fisher. I have to say after one, yes one, trip I had to sell the boat. I never have been so scared in my life. The lake was calm, bait was in the bucket, life jackets were strapped, we headed out to what is the island across from Wolftever and Harrison Bay. Bass boats just flied past us, across the fron to us, and behind us. Waves were coming at us in all directions. We took on a little water and made it to the other side and couldn't even fish knowing we had to make it make to Wolftever. I was never so glad to get back to a launching ramp in my life and try to keep some pride in my sons face. Sold the boat and haven't fished the lake since.
May have been the "Best decision that you ever made for raising a family", and that obviously is primary. However, you also gave up some of the greatest fishing in the world, which you obviously are aware.
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