Here is the TWRA fishing report from Aug. 22:
Chickamauga: The lake is full, but slightly lower than last week. Bass anglers are catching more fish along river grass than in other areas. Topwater lures, plastic worms, and spinnerbaits are getting used for bass more often than other lures. Some heavy bass are being caught, but most bass being caught are averaging about 2.5 pounds. Crappie are being caught in open water in the large creeks and bays. Some dock crappie are also being caught. Jigs or minnows are equal opportunity enticers. Striped bass are being caught in the tailwaters while using shad or jigs for bait. The number of fisherman seeking catfish has dropped. Those that are seeking catfish are still catching them in the main channel on various baits generally associated with fishing for catfish. Bluegill are being caught along channel ledges while baiting with worms or crickets.
Cordell Hull: Fishing is fair. Water temperature is 86 degrees. Lake is stable. A few bass are being caught on topwater baits, while chasing shad on the main lake. Several white bass are being caught while chasing shad on the main lake with small crankbaits. A few walleye are being caught near Celina while trolling 18-to-20 feet of water with deep-running crank baits.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is fair. Water temperature is about 85 degrees; lake is falling. A few bass are being caught at night on spinnerbaits and soft plastics, on points, in 20 feet of water. Walleye fishing is fair with a few fish being caught, while jigging spoons on breaks, in 30 feet of water. Trout fishing is fair near the dam, while trolling 45-to-60 feet of water with spoons.
Nickajack: Catfish are being caught in the main channel. The typical catfish baits that consist of meaty baits from a variety of sources are being used for bait. Bass are being caught around river grass while using plastic worms and topwater lures. Bluegill are being caught in many areas while using crickets or worms for bait. Some respectable smallmouth bass are being caught in the Riverpark area. An occasional striped bass has been caught.
Watts Bar: The lake is lower, but still considered summer pool. Bass anglers overall are not seeing great numbers of fish being caught. Some anglers are catching bass in the head of feeder creeks. Increased water flow has moved some fish into these areas. Plastic worms, jigs, and top water lures are being used for bait by many. Catfish drifters in the main channel are catching several. Live or cutbait is required for quality and quantity. Bluff walls and crickets will be the combination that will produce bluegill. Open water laydowns will the better area to locate crappie. Minnows or jigs are being used to catch these fish. Target depth should be 16 feet. Striped bass are being caught in the tailwaters. Shad is the better bait.