Here is the TWRA fishing report for May 15:
Center Hill: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 79 degrees; lake is stable. Lots of bass are being caught on topwater baits early a.m. and late in the p.m., while fishing close to the shore. A few walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawler rigs in 10-to-15 feet of water, along gravel banks. Bluegill fishing is good on crickets in 5-to-10 feet of water.
Chickamauga: The lake is at summer level. The surface water temperature is in the 80's in many areas. Catfish are being caught in main lake water while drifting with live or cutbait. Bass anglers are catching plenty of bass in many areas on many lures. Secondary points and plastic worms rigged various ways may be the better combination for catching bass. Some heavy stringers continue to be caught. Crappie anglers are targeting docks, bluffs, and brush along creek ledges or deep flats. Jigs and/or minnows in these areas are being used to catch several crappie. Bluegill and shellcrackers are taking charge of the shallow coves. Worms, jigs, and crickets are being used for bait to catch many sunfish. White bass and striped bass are being caught up river. Large numbers of stripers have not made it to the immediate area below the dam.
Cordell Hull: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 72 degrees. Several bass are being cauhgt while fishing topwater baits and flippin shallow covers off the main lake. Crappie fishing is fair, while fishing jigs and minnows in laydown trees in 10 feet of water. A few walleye and sauger are being caught near Celina while trolling in 18-to-22 feet of water.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Several bass are being caught early in the a.m. and late in the afternoon on topwater baits, while fishing shallow cover. Bluegill and shell fishing is good while fishing nightcrawlers in 5-to-15 feet of water. Walleye fishing is fair with a few fish being caught while trolling jerkbaits in 12-to-15 feet of water.
Nickajack: The lake surface water temperature is in the low 80's. The upper portion of the river is being visited by many anglers in search of sunfish, crappie, catfish, black bass, white bass and striped bass. Those in search of catfish, sunfish and spotted bass will be able to catch their target species easier than the other anglers. Big bluegill are being caught in the area directly below Chickamauga Dam while using worms and crickets. Spotted bass are being caught by those using crankbaits, jigs, and live bait. Catfish are being caught on any meaty bait such as shad, chicken, worms, or wieners. The lake area in the lower section of the reservoir is being targeted by anglers in search of shellcracker, bass, catfish, and largemouth bass. The deeper secondary banks are the most popular locations for finding quality bass. Many lures are being used to catch bass. Select the bait depending on the type of water being targeted. Crappie are being caught while trolling secondary areas over grass. Some crappie are being caught on ledges created by creeks or roadbeds. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings. Catfish are being caught on all the normal baits generally associated with catching catfish. Shellcrackers can be found in the shallow isolated pockets. Small jigs, "Roostertails", worms, and crickets are the most popular offerings.
Watts Bar: The water temperature is in the 80's in many areas. The lake elevation is at the middle of the range considered summer level. Catfish can be caught in main lake and secondary locations. Many baits are being used. Live bait seems to be the key for increasing the odds for heavy catfish. Crappie are being caught while using the secret technique of dock pitching, tightlining submerged brush, and trolling. Jigs, minnows, and crankbaits are being used for bait. Secondary areas are holding more crappie than the primary areas. Stripers are in the upper river locations of the lake. Jigs and live bait are being used to catch stripers. The water flow and luck seems to be the factors determining how many fish may be caught. Bass are being caught in deeper secondary areas while using jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits. Secondary points seem to be the area where many bass are hanging out. Sunfish can be caught around docks and in the shallow water.