I spent took my kayak out on the Chickamauga lake for a 3 night stay on the island this weekend. I hadn't even planned to do any real fishing, mostly I alternated exploring and relaxing. I went out several times hugging the shore 'treasure hunting'. It's amazing what people lose and then it ends up along the shoreline out there. I kept finding fishing jugs washed up on shore and any that still had viable hooks/lines I collected and reused by my camp site. For bait I used dead fish from along the shore, bluegill, some sort of bait shad that I assume came from other fishermen and some worms I found under logs along the shore while hunting for firewood :-D I guess I could call this a new sport - Scavenger fishing - only use what you can find out there. I set up a couple of different size/color jugs with the different baits I scavenged and waited till one took off running and lo and behold my first blue! Also, it's just damned amazing how much fishing stuff I found out there. I was also on the lookout for critters. I had been warned to be wary of cottonmouths - but in the 3 weeks I've been paddling around out here I have not seen a single water snake. I did find 2 worm snakes on the island while poking around for firewood :tounge_out:. I can only assume that since this lake has so many large predatory animals. Bass, catfish, gar, muskie, eagles, hawks and such that the snakes probably would only be found in small feeder streams.