CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Area anglers are buzzing about a “new fish in town.”

Fishermen have been “wowed” by the great success of the Florida bass stocking program in Chickamauga Lake in recent years. The program has resulted in huge largemouth bass, including a new state record (set Feb. 13, 2015).

But lately more anglers are buzzing about a fish better known to Northerners. Walleye are making a strong showing in the headwaters of Chickamauga Lake and beyond.

Walleye is a freshwater “perciform” fish native to most of Canada and to the Northern United States. It is a first cousin to a sauger, which were once plentiful in the Tennessee River. However sauger have been in a dramatic decline for more than a decade.