Not long ago Fishhound.com listed the best crappie fishing lakes in the United States. It wasn’t much of a surprise that Reelfoot Lake and Kentucky Lake were high on that list. But believe it or not Chickamauga Lake was also on it, listed 14th in the nation.
We’ve seen the incredible bass catches coming from the Chattanooga lake, but it seems it’s “the perfect storm” for more than one popular game fish. As a freelance correspondent for the Tennessee Wild Side TV program sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, I love to go long-line trolling for crappie during the early spring bite, and last spring I got to take along a special pair of partners. Lance McClain and Chris, are a "Big" and "Little" with the Chattanooga Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Barry Cross, photojournalist extraordinaire with Tennessee Wild Side was on board.
It was a cold day in early March before the crappie bite had really started. I was worried because Chris had never caught a fish before and I wanted to be sure he had a good time. It took a while, but we finally found the right place.
I hope you will do us the honor of watching the story, and supporting Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
And if you or someone you know catches their first fish, be sure to apply for a First Fish Award from the TWRA, designed to commemorate that special moment with a framable certificate identifying the angler, the fish caught, and other details of that moment. The size of the fish and age of the angler don’t matter, only that the fish is their first and that it was caught in Tennessee.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor like Lance, you can find out how by visiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters program website.
Richard Simms is a contributing writer, focusing on outdoor sports.
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