Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is good.  Several rainbows are being caught between the dam and Betty’s island while fishing flies in periods of no flow.

Center Hill:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 62 degrees; lake is stable.   

Bass:  Several smallmouth are being caught on topwater baits on the points early in the a.m.  Several spotted bass are being caught while dropshodding and jigging spoons around schooling shad. 
Crappie: A few are being caught in sunken brush piles on minnows in 15 feet of water. 

Chickamauga Reservoir:
Reservoir Conditions:
Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 677.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 56 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Main lake flats around grass beds and shallow coves near shad.  Topwater lures and spinnerbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair.  Jigs along channel banks on upper and lower reservoir.  
Spotted Bass:
Good.  Main channel rocky banks on entire reservoir.  Jigs or small crankbaits.
Crappie: Good.  Blowdowns on steeper creek banks, docks, or submerged brush.  Lower reservoir fish overall are deeper.  Lower end target depth should start at 15 feet and adjust according to conditions.  Jigs or minnows.
Striped bass: Good. Lower end in the coves and creeks near shad.  Jigs, swimbaits and tailspinners.
Bluegill: Good.  Worms on rocky river banks.
Sauger:
  Poor.  Few reports of minimal catches while using jigs and/or minnows along the bottom in tailwater areas.
Catfish: Good reservoir wide.  Main channel and chicken parts, bluegill or shad.

Dale Hollow:  Water temperature is 59 degrees.  Lake is falling.
Smallmouth: Several smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows in 20 feet of water on points. 
Largemouth:  A few nice largemouth are being caught on jigs and crankbaits in the rivers on channel banks. 
Crappie: Crappie fishing is fair in the rivers in laydown trees with minnows and jigs in 15-to-20 feet of water.  Also, a few crappie are being caught in the grass near Willow Grove in 10 feet of water.

Hiwassee River (near Reliance): 
River Conditions: Water temperature has cooled significantlyThe river was low most times over the weekend.
Trout: Anglers have caught larger than normal rainbow trout due to recent stockings. Brown trout and some brook trout have also been caught. Streamers and wooly boogers have been effective.
Smallmouth bass:  No observations or recent reports.

Parksville:
Reservoir Conditions:
Summer normal elevation: 829 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 820 feet  Current elevation: 825.5 feet.  Surface water temperature over the weekend was 53 degrees.
Crappie: Poor.  Few anglers that were observed had no crappie. 
Bluegill: Poor.
Spotted bass: Poor. Many anglers put in several hours for only a couple of fish if they were lucky.
Largemouth bass: Poor.  Those few that were caught were upper reservoir fish.


Watts Bar:
Reservoir Conditions:
Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 737.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 55 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Good.  Secondary water near shad while using spoons and crankbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: Main channel rocky banks while using crankbaits or jigs.  Mostly non-keepers.
Walleye: No reportable observations.
Sauger:
No reportable observations.
Crappie:
Good.  Minnows or jigs used around docks and brush in mainly secondary areas.  Dock fish are shallower than the other fish.
Catfish: Good.  River drifting with chicken parts or cutbait.
Striped bass: Good.  Mid lake secondary areas near shad.  Late evening normally better.  Swimbaits and crankbaits.



Crabtree Farms Offers Fall Gardening Workshop

In response to a growing interest in fall backyard gardening, local non-profit, Crabtree Farms is offering educational opportunities and affordable, healthy plant starts to help Chattanoogans grow their own food this fall.   “While most people are excited to plant their gardens in spring or summer, there is a growing number of people who realize that they can enjoy ... (click for more)

Star Party At Cloudland Canyon Will Be Aug. 23

The Summer Constellations will be the topic of the upcoming Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23 .  Sponsored by the staff and friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, the program will be presented by members of the Barnard Astronomical Society and will be held at the tennis courts. The program begins at 8 p.m. and participants will learn ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Request For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (2)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)