CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chickamauga Lake has jumped up 55 places to the No. 6 bass fishing lake in the nation according to Bassmaster Magazine's recent "100 Best Bass Lakes for 2013" list.

The bass fishing on Chickamauga has been on fire in recent months and has received nation wide attention from nearly every bass angler.

The 2013 season opening event of the Chattanooga Bass Association on Chickamauga was won with an incredible 5 fish limit that weighed 37.79 pounds. In this same event there were 15 teams that weighed in more than 25 pounds and it did not stop there, a week later a 44.31 pound limit was weighed in during a local tournament held on Chickamauga.

Most local anglers feel the next Tennessee State record largemouth will come from Chickamauga. The State record currently stands at 14 pounds 8 ounces. There was a fish caught and released recently there that was pushing the 14 pound mark.

"Chickamauga Lake is kind of the perfect storm right now," says TWRA Biologist Mike Jolley. "The habitat [aquatic vegetation] has done well, and you've got a good forage base. It's a rich environment right now and there's no doubt that the current TWRA stocking program levels out some poor year classes,"

The metrics used to create the rankings included catch rate and shock data from state wildlife agencies; a survey of B.A.S.S. Nation conservation directors and presidents based on tournaments held across the country; and a survey of 3,500 B.A.S.S. members across the country to detail nontournament lakes. To finalize the rankings, Bassmaster enlisted a panel of outdoor writers, Elite Series pros and fishing industry insiders.
"The process is as all-encompassing and data-driven as we can make it. Our goal is to identify the hottest lakes in the country so fishermen don't have to worry about doing the research," Hall said. "An angler can look at this list and know that the lakes are very healthy, and the odds of having a fantastic day on the water are high."
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