Fishermen must expect the unexpected

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — If I have learned one thing in 50 years of fishing, it is, “Always expect the unexpected.” The “unexpected” part came for me Tuesday (Feb. 15) while trolling for crappie on Chickamauga Lake.
It is well known that Chickamauga Lake has become “The Land of the Giants” for largemouth bass thanks to a Florida-bass stocking program the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 2000. The program has been so successful that the rest of Tennessee got jealous, convincing TWRA to expand the program to numerous other lakes across the state.
“This will be the third year we have stocked Florida bass fry or fingerlings in other lakes,” said Mike Jolley, TWRA Region III Fisheries Biologist. “The other lakes in our area include Ft. Loudon, Watts Bar and Nickajack.”

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