Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, October 18, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is good.  Several rainbows and brooks are being caught from the dam to Kirby Lane on flies in periods of no flow.   In periods of blows, some good brown trout are being caught on jerkbaits and shad near the dam.

Center Hill: Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 74; lake is stable.  Bass are being caught on topwater baits while fishing close to shore in the creeks.

  A few crappie are being caught in sunken brushpiles in 15-to-20 feet of water on minnows.  A few walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawlers on flats in 27 feet of water.

Chickamauga Reservoir: The lake was at 740.5 feet elevation early Sunday.  This elevation was slightly below summer elevation.  The surface water temperature was 73 degrees early in the day. Crappie anglers have had mixed results.  Minnows and jigs were being used for bait by crappie anglers.  A few anglers have caught many crappie while others have struggled. Ditches, ledges, grass edges in the river, brush and docks have been the target locations.  Bass anglers have not caught many fish.  Just a few anglers have had heavy bags in recent days.  Plastic worms have been used for bait by the more successful anglers around grass breaks and along the grass edges. Catfish have been caught by river drifters while using the catfish standard baits.  Many catfish have moved into the secondary locations.  Bluff walls and mid river channel bends in the upper reservoir have been the areas where concentrations of bluegill have been caught.  Jigs, crickets and worms have been the enticers used for bluegill.  Striped bass anglers have caught fish in decent numbers in recent days while using an assortment of lures that include jigs, crankbaits, swimbaits and topwater lures.  Shad has been the best bait for the biggest striped bass.

Dale Hollow: Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 72; lake is slowly falling.  A few largemouth are being caught in the rivers while fishing crankbaits and spinnerbaits around shallow cover.  Crappie fishing is fair in the rivers while fishing minnows and laydown trees and brushpiles in 20 feet of water. 

Hiwassee River near Reliance: The water temperature has been in the mid 60’s.  Some trout have been caught while using bait, spinners and artificial flies.  The river is fishing hard right now as many have been preparing for cooler weather.  Use the restroom before you leave home because the bathrooms have been closed due to the government shutdown. 
 
Parksville Lake: The upper ramp has been barricaded for days.  Some vandals have torn down parts of it down, but the no entrance sign remains.  The lower ramp or King’s Slough ramp has been open. The restroom facilities and garbage cans have been out of service due to Washington politics.  The number of anglers on the lake has been low.  The number of anglers on the water was low before the government shutdown.  The upper end of the lake has been good with several largemouth caught in the last few days.  The lower end has improved with a few schooling bass starting to show up. Locating baitfish on the lower end has been difficult but that also has started to change.  Bluebacks have been observed on the surface.  Most anglers have not been able to cast into the schooling fish long enough to catch many because the action has just started and the best days are in the future. Some crappie have been caught by a few anglers while using minnows or jigs along blowdowns.

Watts Bar Reservoir: The lake elevation on Sunday was 740.7 feet.  This elevation was summer normal.  The water surface temperature was 72 degrees in the early hours.  Crappie anglers have been more numerous in recent days.  The number of crappie that have been caught has gradually been increasing.  The crappie bite is slow for most anglers.  Deep secondary brush located along ditches has been the most targeted area.  Minnows and jigs have been equal opportunity enticers for panfish anglers.  Bluff walls or docks and worms or crickets have been working combinations for those searching for bluegill.  Catfish anglers fishing secondary and primary areas with chicken parts, shad or bluegill had the heavier fish this past week.  Striped bass anglers in the tailwaters below both dams had productive days lately with several fish caught and many considered trophy fish.  Shad is the optimal bait.  Bass anglers have caught fish in secondary and primary locations.  A few schooling fish have been caught.  Searching for concentrations of baitfish has increased the number of bass caught.  Plastic worms and “little ole shiny plugs” along with topwater lures in the right situations have been used for some quality bass.   


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