Fishing Report From TWRA

Friday, November 9, 2012

Center Hill: Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 60 degrees; lake is stable. A few Kentucky’s are being caught while drop shotting and jigging spoons under schooling shad.  Crappie fishing is fair while fishing jigs and minnows in laydown trees in 5-to-25 feet of water.

Cordell Hull:  Fishing is fair; Water temperature is 58 degrees; lake is at winter pool.  Bass fishing is good using crankbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow wood in the creeks.

  Crappie fishing is good on the lower end of lake while fishing jigs and minnows.  Sauger fishing is slow at this time.

Chickamauga: The lake is at 679.0 elevation. This is 3 feet below summer mean elevation. Tailwater anglers in the area below Watts Bar Dam are catching a few striped and white bass. Jigs and swimbaits are the lures used most often. Live bait is the better alternative. Catfish are being caught in selected areas on the normal baits generally associated with catfish angling. Bass are being caught in most areas of the lake. Topwater baits are being used by many anglers in or around the grass beds.  Crankbaits and jigs are being used in areas upstream to catch largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Stump lined ledges are target areas for upstream anglers. Crappie anglers are catching fish around community hole docks while using jigs. Those that seek unfamiliar areas are being rewarded with heavier fish on average in open water bay areas. 10 to 15 feet of water seems to be the optimal zone. Crankbaits are becoming more common for crappie as more and more anglers widen their angling techniques. Bluegill are being caught while using worms around rocky areas along the river or creek banks. A few sauger are being caught.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 59 degrees; lake is falling.  A few smallmouth are being caught while throwing flies in 30-to-35 feet of water.  Crappie fishing is slow with a few being caught in the rivers on minnows around laydown trees in 15-to-20 feet of water.

Nickajack: The tailwater anglers are catching crappie in the dead water areas on jigs or minnows. Most crappie being caught are small and most are black. Most anglers can get a mess by sorting through the small fish. Spotted bass anglers are catching a lot of fish while using jigs, crankbaits, spoons and shad. A few smallmouth are being caught on various artificial lures, but yellowtail shad or threadfins seem to be the best bait.  Catfish are being caught by those that are using the typical baits generally associated with luring catfish. Largemouth anglers are using frogs over the grass beds for the majority of the action. Spinnerbaits and topwater lures are being used to catch a few schoolers below the interstate bridge. Many bluegill are being caught by those that fish along the bottom from the bank at the many access points up and down the river.  Worms are being used for bait by most anglers.

Watts Bar: The lake is at full pool. The scheduled drawdown should have started on 11/01/12. Most shad have not migrated into the coves. This is keeping the bass and striper angling out in the river areas. Some shallow water action has occurred but at a lesser success rate than that experienced by large water anglers. Jigs, crankbaits, topwater lures and shad are being used by most anglers. Crappie anglers are catching fish in the deeper bays. Jigs, minnows, and crankbaits are being used to catch crappie.  Some tailwater crappie are being caught in the dead water areas. Catfish are being caught in the river by those drifters using live or cut bait. Some sauger are being caught. The number of sauger being caught should increase as the weather becomes cooler. Striper activity in the tailwaters has been inconsistent.


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