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my cousin is taking me to lake chickamauga in Tennessee the first week in April , 4thtru the seventh . any body got any advice on the lake. I have never been there before, but am getting excited about the trip. heard about a boy catching a 14 lb bass there a few weeks back.  

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Bass will be in all stages of the spawn during that time.  You might be able to find a big girl locked on a bed and sight fish for her. 

 

Good luck!  :thumbsup3:

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Glad to see another hoosier making a trip down to chick. I am debating on going down the 12-14 of april

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It's my favorite lake (within 4.5 hours of Louisville).  Both my PB's came from there, a 12lb 8oz largemouth and 6lb 4oz smallie.

 

It's the land of the giants.....  :thumbsup3:

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Be ready for crowds. Right now the shallower the better and rattle trap seems to be king. This could all change by April, right now there 100,000 cfs flowing through it and it's muddy. Again, crowds. Be prepared for thst, I have never seen anything like it. There's a lot of folks that live on or near that lake that won't even fish it 

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Bassmaster ranked it in their top ten last year, so that probably has a lot to do with drawing the crowds. I went over the summer but it poured down rain the entire time I was there. I only caught one fish that might have went two pounds.

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I had a 4 day trip planned there this week and I'm glad I cancelled it...

 

They're getting tons of rain this week, the main lake is already stained pretty good/muddy and they're rolling 115k+ through both locks the next few days.  :doh10:

 

Got two trips to Chick penciled in for next month, can't wait!  :thumbsup3:

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On 2/17/2019 at 4:12 PM, 18RangerZ520L said:

I had a 4 day trip planned there this week and I'm glad I cancelled it...

 

They're getting tons of rain this week, the main lake is already stained pretty good/muddy and they're rolling 115k+ through both locks the next few days.  :doh10:

 

Got two trips to Chick penciled in for next month, can't wait!  :thumbsup3:

Get my attention on here if you need to for water condition before your trip 

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23 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Get my attention on here if you need to for water condition before your trip 

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3 hours ago, 18RangerZ520L said:

:thumbsup3:

I think I’ve seen you on the CFF before also, those boys reported decent lipless bite this weekend. Getting muddier and faster by the minute though 

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19 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

I think I’ve seen you on the CFF before also, those boys reported decent lipless bite this weekend. Getting muddier and faster by the minute though 

Yep, I'm on CFF

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29 minutes ago, 18RangerZ520L said:

Yep, I'm on CFF

One does not simply forget those replica photos...... Hahahaha

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26 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

One does not simply forget those replica photos...... Hahahaha

They look better in person!

 

I recommend Dave Campbell every chance I get when guys ask about replicas.... :thumbsup3:

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21 minutes ago, 18RangerZ520L said:

They look better in person!

 

I recommend Dave Campbell every chance I get when guys ask about replicas.... :thumbsup3:

I can see why! With today's high quality photos and my broke hind end, I'd probably go the @A-Jay route of framing a photo. I would love to catch a monster and get a high quality mount but I'm guessing a guy that does that kind of high quality work comes with a price higher than what I've got haha

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On 2/21/2019 at 2:20 PM, TnRiver46 said:

I can see why! With today's high quality photos and my broke hind end, I'd probably go the @A-Jay route of framing a photo. I would love to catch a monster and get a high quality mount but I'm guessing a guy that does that kind of high quality work comes with a price higher than what I've got haha

Yeah he wasn't cheap, but you get what you pay for...  They were almost triple the cost of what Lake Fork Taxidermy and other companies similar to that charge.

 

I figured I've spent a ton of money on my truck, boat, rods, reels and tackle so what's another few grand on a couple pieces of art that capture the color patterns and the 1:1 scale size of each fish.  I'll be able to enjoy both of the mounts for the rest of my life with no peeling or yellowing.

 

Just my .02  :thumbsup3:

 

 

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On 2/19/2019 at 2:41 PM, TnRiver46 said:

Get my attention on here if you need to for water condition before your trip 

Chick is my favorite lake. I’m in eastern KY and can be there in about 4-5 hours so we get down several times a year. We’ve got our 1st trip of the year trip planned up for next weekend. TnRiver46, Would you mind if I shot you a pm before we go to see about the water conditions? 

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6 hours ago, Hillbilly Bennett said:

Chick is my favorite lake. I’m in eastern KY and can be there in about 4-5 hours so we get down several times a year. We’ve got our 1st trip of the year trip planned up for next weekend. TnRiver46, Would you mind if I shot you a pm before we go to see about the water conditions? 

Anytime man. I’ll be in the same building as a bunch of your fellow kentuckians at 2pm tomorrow...........

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Ok, y’all getting ready for a tournament or just hanging out?

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12 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Anytime man. I’ll be in the same building as a bunch of your fellow kentuckians at 2pm tomorrow...........

Fellow Kentuckian here. How would you like your L served?  Haha

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1 hour ago, dbevins said:

Fellow Kentuckian here. How would you like your L served?  Haha

Hopefully not like last time!! If it ain't too much trouble..... Haha

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With a side dish of W!

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Yeah, that was ugly. Y’all got us back for the game in Rupp that’s for sure. Hopefully we can meet up in the SEC a tournament championship and break this 1-1 tie. 

12 hours ago, dbevins said:

Fellow Kentuckian here. How would you like your L served?  Haha

And I just figured out that you were talkin about the game. My mind is always on fishin.  😂 

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one month to go for me guys apr.4th -7th keep the reports coming  does any one have a good location for a boat ramp?

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12 hours ago, lonnie g said:

one month to go for me guys apr.4th -7th keep the reports coming  does any one have a good location for a boat ramp?

The state park at Harrison bay is good but busy. Wolftever creek has a great ramp in the same area. You can also put in at island cove marina but I think you have to pay unless you stay there. All of these are on the lower end of the lake. I don’t know about any ramps up in the Dayton area. 

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19 hours ago, Hillbilly Bennett said:

The state park at Harrison bay is good but busy. Wolftever creek has a great ramp in the same area. You can also put in at island cove marina but I think you have to pay unless you stay there. All of these are on the lower end of the lake. I don’t know about any ramps up in the Dayton area. 

we will be staying in the Dayton area , a place called birchwood. 

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