Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:
Chickamauga: The lake is higher than normal. The elevation is 1.1 feet higher than the normal summer mean. Striper angling in the tailwaters is fair good while casting the Tennessee Rig early. The shad are difficult to get. A few catfish are being caught on many meaty creations. Shad is the better choice for bait. Bluegill are being caught along the river rocky areas while using crickets and worms. Summer bass patterns are in full bloom. The potential hazard may be created by low water flow. Typical patterns may fall short and a shallower bite may be easier to get if the deep holes are failing. Plastic worms, crankbaits and jigs are the arsenal needed to catch more than a limit. Several out of staters are currently in the area searching for some Chickamauga largemouth They are having difficulty in getting Chickamauga to live up to the hype being circulated about the lake in the fishing circles. White bass are occasionally being caught while in their topwater state of frenzy. Upper end white bass are proving to be more dependable than their counterparts on the lower end of the lake. Spinner-type lures are the only weapon that an angler needs to catch the white bass.
Cordell Hull: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 88, lake is fairly stable. Several big bass are being caught on creek and river channel ledges using jigs and crankbaits in 10-to-15 feet of water. A few walleye are being caught near Celina while trolling the channel in 20 feet of water.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 86 degrees. Lake is falling slowly. Bass are being caught on jigs and plastics in 15-to-20 feet of water, on points. Walleye fishing is fair while trolling night crawler rigs on flats in 28 feet of water. A few trout near the dam while trolling within nightriggers and spoons n 50.
Nickajack: The lake is full and the surface water temperature is in the mid 80's. Empirical evidence on Sunday would suggest that fishing is not good. Sunday there were 4 boats fishing from Mullin's Cove to the Dam with all reporting low or no catches of any species. One angler suggested he could catch fish away from the seaweed. Good luck with that. Grass is now almost everywhere on the lake. I have not observed, but stories have circulated about some good early morning topwater bites occurring along those grassy areas. The current is a factor in the low numbers of fish being caught.
Watts Bar: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow will be mirror images of the established fishing patterns. If you didn't catch any yesterday or today, then try something different tomorrow. There are always fish to be caught. The only variance will probably be current. River fish are difficult to catch. The lake is full at 741.0 feet elevation on 7/23/12. Summer main lake or adjacent areas to the same is the focus points for those that are catching fish. Most bass are being caught along points, and ledges or irregular features in the same locations. most bass are being caught in the target zone of 15 to 25 feet of water. Creature lures and crankbaits are starting points while in search of the elusive lunker. Catfish anglers are struggling with the low flow. White bass are being caught along mid lake humps. Steep secondary brush are giving up quality crappie but the numbers have been low. Striper bass angling has been challenging with lack of flow and bait. some artificial lures have caught a few stripers. Spoons, swimbaits and shad can be used for bait.