Fishing Report From The TWRA

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:


Caney Fork:  Fishing is slow at this time.

Center Hill:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 58 degrees; lake is stable.

Smallmouth:  Several smallmouth are being caught on crankbaits on points in 10 feet of water

Largemouth and spotted bass:  Several largemouth and spotted bass are being caught on dropshot methods while fishing breaks and points in 20 feet of water. 

Crappie:  Crappie fishing  is slow with a few fish being caught around sunken brush piles on minnows in 10 feet of water.

Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 677.9 feet. The water surface temperature is 49 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Lipless lures such as “Rattletraps” and jigs in the shallow bays and large creeks around shad is the combination most are using.  

Smallmouth Bass: A few are being caught on the main channel rocky banks while using jigs.

Spotted Bass: Fish the main channel banks with jigs, spoons and small crankbaits.

Crappie: Jigs or minnows around select docks and submerged brush is the key.  Docks will yield the shallower bite.  Brush should be targeted in 15 plus feet of water.

Striped bass: Secondary water 15 feet and shallower on the lower lake while throwing the rig is the better technique.

Bluegill: Main lake and large secondary waters while using jigs is the combination yielding the better results.

Sauger: Tailwater areas are rough due to the release of water thus making targeting sauger difficult.

Catfish: Main lake and chicken parts or shad is the working combination that is being used for some heavy fish.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 55 degrees; lake is falling.  

Smallmouth:  Several smallmouth are being caught on jigs and tailspinners in 5-to-25 feet of water on points.  

Largemouth:  A few largemouth are being caught on football jigs while fishing grassy points in the rivers in 10 feet of water.  

Crappie:  A few crappie are being caught on minnows while fishing laydown trees in the rivers in 15 feet of water.


Hiwassee River (near Reliance): River Conditions: The water flow has been high to normal. The recent water temperature has cooled to 50 degrees.  

Trout: The number of anglers in recent days has been few.  Those hardy few have caught some quality fish while wading and using streamers.  Most anglers have reported rainbow trout being caught most often and some up to 19 inches have been caught.

Smallmouth bass: No reports or observations.

Parksville: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 829 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 820 feet. Current elevation: 822.9 feet. The surface water temperature is 49 degrees.

Crappie: Some fish are being caught by those using minnows on select blowdowns. The upper reservoir main channel is the area being targeted.

Bluegill: No observations.


Spotted bass: A few spots are being caught at times near baitfish.  For most anglers the results of the current day trip are less than expected.  Jigs are being used more often.


Largemouth bass: A few upper reservoir fish are being caught while using crankbaits or jigs.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 738.1 feet. The water surface temperature is 49 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Fish in the main lake near shad and in the secondary areas near shad.  Shad are not as shallow on the cooler days.  The rig is being used more often than other baits.

Smallmouth Bass: Primarily being caught along rocky river banks by those using small jigs for bait.  Some anglers are catching several fish.

Walleye: Reports of a few being caught by those using jigs.  Most reported catches were from those fishing from the bank as river conditions are rough. No observations.

Sauger: Reports of a few being caught near the arrival point while using jigs or minnows.  These anglers were on the calm side of the dam. No observations.

Crappie: Fish are being caught all over the lake while employing various patterns.  Jigs and/or minnows are being used around brush.  The upstream fish are shallower than those downstream.

Catfish: Drifters are catching plenty of fish in the main channel while using shad or bluegill for bait.

Striped bass: Secondary areas in the mid lake and some of the river areas near shad are being targeted by those using the rig.  A few fish up to 35 pounds are being caught.


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