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AKA: Chatuge Reservoir, Lake Chatuge

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, white bass and hybrid striped bass at Chatuge Lake in Georgia.

Chatuge Lake, GA

Popular for having three kinds of bass, Chatuge Lake is an ideal destination for avid bass anglers. In addition to bass there are plenty of crappie, catfish, bluegill, white bass, hybrid stripers and sunfish. Covering 7,480 surface acres with over 130 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of water for anglers fishing from the bank or a boat.

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Nestled in the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains, Chatuge Lake is a renowned fishing destination in Georgia. Anglers are drawn to its pristine waters, abundant fish populations, and stunning natural surroundings. The lake offers a diverse range of popular fish species, making it an ideal spot for anglers of all skill levels.

Bass fishing is a major highlight of Chatuge Lake. The lake is home to both largemouth and spotted bass, providing anglers with plenty of opportunities to test their skills. With its clear waters and numerous submerged structures, such as fallen trees and rock formations, the lake offers excellent bass habitat. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques, including casting crankbaits, flipping jigs, or fishing with plastic worms, to entice the bass. Spring and fall are typically the best seasons to target bass, as they are more active during these times.

Catfish are another popular species found in Chatuge Lake. Channel catfish are commonly targeted by anglers. These bottom-dwelling fish can be caught using a variety of baits, such as live or cut bait, stink baits, or chicken liver. Catfish are known for their strong fight, making them a favorite among anglers seeking an exciting fishing experience. Late spring and summer are typically the most productive seasons for catfish fishing.

Crappie are plentiful in Chatuge Lake and provide anglers with exciting opportunities. Both black crappie and white crappie can be found in the lake's submerged structures, such as brush piles and fallen trees. Anglers often target crappie using small jigs or live minnows. Spring and fall are considered the prime seasons for crappie fishing, as the fish move into shallower waters to spawn.

Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, are abundant in Chatuge Lake and offer a fun and accessible fishing experience, especially for novice anglers and families. Sunfish can be caught using simple tackle and a variety of baits, such as worms or small jigs. They are most active during the warmer months and can often be found near shoreline vegetation or submerged structures.

White bass and hybrid striped bass are also popular gamefish in Chatuge Lake. These fish provide anglers with exciting fights and are known for their aggressive feeding habits. They can be caught using a variety of lures, such as spoons or crankbaits, and are most active during spring and fall when they move into shallower waters to feed.

Chatuge Lake in Georgia is a prime fishing destination that offers a diverse range of popular fish species, including bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, white bass, and hybrid striped bass. With its scenic beauty, abundant fish populations, and opportunities for boating and camping, Chatuge Lake is a must-visit spot for any angler looking for an unforgettable fishing experience in Georgia.

Lake Chatuge is situated in the northeast corner of Georgia, at Hiawassee, GA. Camping, fishing, lodging and other amenities are conveniently located around the lake to make an outing here, a pleasant experience. Boat rentals are available at marinas for pleasure boats, canoes and kayaks. Some day-use areas provide over a mile of shoreline for fishing from the bank. Rocky banks, some with stumps and laydowns offer cover to bass. There are also many boat docks which often create ideal hangouts for baitfish, bass, crappie and sunfish. Seek out ledges and submerged humps around the lake for structure fishing. Those located near deeper creek channels often produce fish fairly consistently. Because the lake is located in both Georgia and North Carolina, fishing regulations for both states come into play. Check fishing regulations for specific rules regarding this reservoir, before wetting a line.

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Primary fish species residing in Chatuge Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Redbreast Sunfish White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Chatuge Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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In addition to excellent fishing opportunities, Chatuge Lake offers a range of recreational activities. Boating is a popular pastime on the lake, with public boat ramps providing easy access. Anglers can explore the lake's scenic coves and fishing spots by boat. Camping facilities are also available near the lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Boundary Waters Resort & Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
706 896-2530

Chatuge Cove Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
828 389-6155

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Chatuge Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Lake Chatuge Campground Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Mayor's Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off I-76, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Music Hall Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Music Hall Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Boundary Waters Resort & Marina
107 Boundary Waters Drive
Hiawassee, GA 30546
706 896-2530

Chatuge Cove Marina
2397 NC-175
Hayesville, NC 28904
828 389-6155

Lake Chatuge Marina
1290 US 76
Hiawassee, GA 30546
​706 896-2835

Click here for a Georgia Fishing License.

Camping facilities are also available near the lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Chatuge Woods Campground - 706 994-1533

Long Ridge Campground - 762 500-2055

River Bend Campground - 706 896-1415

Mountain View Campground - 706 970-2112

Hickorynut Cove Campground - 706 896-5341

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Contact Information

Chatuge Lake
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina
107 Boundary Waters Drive
Hiawassee, GA 30546
706 896-2530


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Chatuge Lake in Georgia.

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Chatuge Lake provides the opportunity to catch bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, white bass, hybrid stripers and sunfish in northeast Georgia.

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