June Fishing Report

Hybrid bass at Lake Chatuge: This small TVA lake located on the North Carolina border at the town of Hiawassee has recently become the Mecca for all serious hybrid fishermen. In fact, during the early summer of 1995, a new world record hybrid weighing 25 pounds, 8 ounces was caught.

How-to: Most of the big hybrids are caught using live minnows, shad or rainbow trout drifted in current about 3 feet below a float. Also, bucktails or popping cork rigs are productive when cast around visibly feeding hybrids.

Keys to success: Fish in the current flow of the Hiawassee River. Late evening or night fishing seems to be the most productive.

Contacts: Local fishing information, lodging and guide service are available from the Fieldstone Inn at (706) 896-2262.

Catfish at High Falls Lake: Fishing along creek channel ledges with live bream during the early morning or late evening hours can produce huge flathead catfish from this small lake. Call the park at (912) 994-5080.

Largemouth bass at Lake Russell: Big post-spawn bass are actively feeding out on main lake points during June. Topwater baits are great early, but Carolina-rigged worms catch more during the day. Call Wilson's Guide Service at (706) 283-3336.

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