Fishing Report From TWRA

Friday, November 09, 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.

 


Fishing Report From The TRWA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 62 degrees. Largemouth Bass: Grass mats and grass edges along large flats seem to be better than other areas. Frogs, buzzbaits, plastic ... (click for more)

2015-16 Sport Fish Regulations To Be Set During October Commission Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will establish the 2015-16 sport fish regulations during its October meeting. The meeting will be held in Greeneville on Wednesday-Thursday, at the General Morgan Inn.  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division presented changes in the sport fish proclamation during a preview at the August TFWC meeting. The proposals ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)