Hey guys, my name is Gene Jensen, but most people refer to me as Flukemaster. I run a fishing YouTube page devoted to helping people learn more about the sport of bass fishing and in turn, catch more fish! I recently went on a trip fishing Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee with my good buddy Alex Rudd and Jacob Jesionek from the team at ANGLR!
This trip meant a lot more to me than most. It was the first time I was going to be using the knowledge that the free ANGLR app provides to truly give insight into the conditions and locations I was fishing.
My goal was to use this trip as a test for a whole new way to connect and educate my community of anglers. By allowing them to look into the water and weather conditions, baits I was using, and exact GPS routes I was taking, they were given a first-hand look at where, why, and how I was fishing Lake Chickamauga!
Fishing Lake Chickamauga in the Fall
The first day I was there was Monday, the 19th of November, and it was difficult. The fish were biting, but nothing was consistent. I was finding them in the backs of creeks and mouths of creeks… So, they were scattered out. However, by using the ANGLR app, I put together the pattern that the bigger fish were staging at the mouths of the creeks. With the water temperatures falling, the fish were beginning to feed on baitfish pretty exclusively. Once we hopped off the water and reviewed the data, we had a better idea of how we wanted to approach the lake.
The next day, I put the boat in and Jacob and I headed out to check the mouth of the creek we had caught a few in the day before. We were quite simply looking for baitfish. Once we got towards the back of the creek, I checked my graph and it was wild.
From the bottom of the water column to top, it was loaded with baitfish.
Finding the Baitfish Meant Finding the Bass
We fished directly around bait, but only caught one. It seemed as though the baitfish weren’t acting frantic or feeling threatened, and it was clear that the concentration of bass wasn’t as high as I had hoped. So, we slowly made our way down the bank and moved farther towards the mouth of the creek. When we got to the mouth of the creek, the baitfish activity seemed to explode. I could see them flickering on the surface and it was clear there was predatory bass lurking.
Now, this should come as no surprise, I picked up a fluke.
I really wanted to imitate the fleeing baitfish I was seeing. After a few casts, I hooked into a solid fish. From that point on, we started catching em’. They wanted it fished fast, with sporadic twitches and pauses mixed into the retrieve.
We stayed there for about three and a half hours catching fish after fish. We ran a zig-zag pattern over a 200 yard stretch along the bank to vary our presentations and follow the more sporadic baitfish.
About two and a half hours in, Jacob caught his personal best largemouth in that very stretch.
The craziest part? He caught it on a fluke while fishing with Flukemaster! It was meant to be!
Fishing Lake Chickamauga in Pre-Frontal Conditions
We were fishing in prefrontal conditions with the water temperatures in the low to mid 50’s. With the fall temperatures closing in, the water temperatures were dropping really hard and fast. Typically, I have noticed that the bass feed in backs of the creeks until late November into early December.
With the colder temperatures this year, it pushed the fish towards the middle and front of the creeks. Once we put the puzzle together, we were able to locate the fish under the different water conditions than I see in a normal year. By using the ANGLR platform and being able to go back and evaluate what I did on the lake and see it over a map, I was able to put the pieces of the puzzle together by looking at the whole picture.
Now, how did this help my community?
Well, I shared these trips on ANGLR. And I mean I shared waypoints, catch location, exact GPS trip route, tackle notes and more! You can look and see the difference between these two days.
It’s a seasonal thing. They are moving out to the deeper water in the lake to stage for their winter patterns. Using that knowledge, you can narrow it down on your own lakes by doing the same thing I did. I am always focused on you can find the fish before you hit the water!