Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:


Center Hill:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 49; lake is rising.  Several spotted bass are being caught on channelbanks with shaky-head worms and jigs in 15-to-20 feet of water.  A few fish are being caught on crankbaits on broken banks in the more colored water.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 45 degrees; lake is slowly rising. A few fish are being caught on float’n’fly method and jigs, while fishing channel banks in the creeks in 20 feet of water.  A few largemouth are being caught in the rivers while casting jigs on channel banks in 15-to-20 feet of water.

Hiwassee River near Reliance: Spillways at Applachia Dam are open creating conditions that most anglers avoid.  In the days leading up to the spillway opening, some anglers were catching brown and rainbow trout.  One angler had managed to catch eight rainbows and two brown trout.  The winter stonefly hatch was the key to the anglers’ success.  All trout that were caught were caught in the area above the railroad bridge.

Parksville Lake:  The elevation on Saturday was eight hundred twenty-one feet.  This is down seven feet since the big rains last week.  The lake is stained in almost all areas.  Some of the coves downstream were clear.  Largemouth bass and spotted bass are being caught by those anglers using jigs, jerkbaits and crankbaits.  Some largemouth in excess of seven pounds have are being caught.  Spotted bass are being caught that top four pounds.  Some crappie anglers are catching fish while trolling jigs and dipping minnows. 

Watts Bar: The lake on Sunday was at high summer level.  The water temperature is in the upper forties.  The water color is stained in most areas.  Spillways are open at both ends of the lake.  The water conditions have prevented most anglers from being on the lake.  A few bank anglers caught catfish and white bass below Ft. Loudon Dam.




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