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.



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