Chickamauga Lake continuing to build legacy as national destination for big bass

Staff Photo by Ben Benton / As Sequoyah Nuclear Plant's cooling towers appear through the fog Friday, Gene Elkins, of Pacific, Mo., reels in his lure on Chickamauga Lake. Elkins planned to take his daughter, who lives minutes from Harrison Bay State Park, fishing for the weekend.

Tennessee's Chickamauga Lake in the past two decades has risen from bass fishing doldrums to one of the leading fishing destinations in the U.S. as the genetic influence of a rod-bending largemouth bass species from Florida continues to thrive in the Tennessee River.