Here is the TWRA fishing report for this week:
Center Hill: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 89 degrees; lake is falling. A few bass are being caught at night on jigs and spinnerbaits on points in 15-to-20 feet of water. Walleye fishing is good while trolling nightcrawlers, on flats, in 22 feet of water.
Chickamauga: The lake surface water temperature is in the mid 80's. On 7/16/12 the surface elevation was at 682.
9 feet which is above the range considered normal summer level. The bass are being caught along primary locations whether it is grassy flats, points, or humps. Plastic worms, crankbaits, or topwater early and late are the weapons needed. Crappie dock pitchers, ledge tightliners and crankbait trollers are catching fish. The deep water trollers are catching the big fish and the community hole dock anglers are catching more fish. Minnow dippers and jig pullers are catching the ledge and dock fish. Bandit lures are the choice many anglers choose when targeting the crankbait crappie. White bass are being caught at times while surface schooling. Spinner-type lures will normally be as good as any other bait for targeting white bass. Striped bass are being caught in the tailwaters below Watts Bar Dam. Shad is the better choice but less convenient choice for striper bait. Catfish are being caught in the main channel by drifters in the main channel. Meaty creations are being used to catch catfish. Bluegill are being caught along rocky banks, current breaks, and river bends while using worms and crickets.
Cordell Hull: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 93 degrees. Lake is fairly stable. A few walleye are being caught near Celina while trolling channels with deep running crankbaits.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 89 degrees. Lake is falling. A few walleye are being caught at night while trolling deep running crankbaits in 25-to-30 feet of water on flats. Bass fishing is fair with a few caught on jigs and spinnerbaits on points in 15 feet of water. A few trout are being caught near the dam while fishing under lights with nightcrawlers in 45 feet of water.
Nickajack: The surface water temperature is in the mid 80's. Bass are being caught in grassy areas adjacent to main lake waters. Topwater and dim light are combining for some exciting visual moments. A few heavy fish are being caught on stick type topwater baits and buzzbaits. Plastic worms are always able to catch a fish when the other alternatives seem to be sinking. A few crappie are being caught early along grass edges along the main channel. The steeper the drop along the edge of the grass, the better the odds of locating crappie. Minnow dipping and tightlining jigs are the techniques being employed. Catfish are being caught from end to end of the lake in the main channel. Shad is the top choice for luring in a heavyweight catfish. Some anglers choose other bait alternatives with good results. Bluegill are being caught along rocky areas while using crickets and worms. Some white bass are being caught while chasing shad along the surface. Many lures are being used to catch white bass.
Watts Bar: The surface water temperature is in the mid 80's. The surface elevation was 740.9 feet on 7/16/12 which was in the high end of the normal range. Bass are being caught most often on ledges, humps, points, or irregular features along the bottom while using jigs, crankbaits and plastic worms. Target areas should be primary water or areas adjacent to the same. Crappie are being caught more often around a few select docks and some brushy areas in deep secondary locations. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings. Most crappie being caught around docks are of the black variety and the still deep brushy areas are giving up some big white crappie. Striped bass are plentiful in the tailwaters below both dams that divide the upper end of the lake from the neighboring lakes. Shad is the premiere offering. Lures can be used to catch a few. Catfish can be caught while drifting in the main channel and using an assortment of baits. Bluegill are being caught in many areas, but rocky steep banks are the best location to begin the search. Crickets and worms are the baits used most often for bluegill. White bass are being caught in many areas of the lake while schooling. Timing is important. The better time of day to find surface action is late in the day. Topwater lures and spinner-type baits are being used for bait most often.