Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is fair.  During periods of flow, some nice browns are being caught on jerkbaits.  When water is not generating in periods of no flow, several rainbow are being caught on flies and spinners from the dam to Betty’s Island.

Center Hill:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 50; lake is fairly stable.  Lots of big smallmouth are being caught on tablespinners on drops in 15-30 feet of water.  Several bass are being caught while trolling jerkbaits on points in 8-to-15 feet of water.  Crappie fishing is slow with a few fish being caught in laydown brush piles in 15 feet of water. Walleye fishing is good near Webb’s Camp while fishing jigs in the channel.

Chickamauga:  The lake is at winter level and the surface temperature is in the 40's early and rising to the lower 50's later in the day.  Many crappie are being caught.  Trollers are catching fish in the larger creeks while using crankbaits and jigs.  Some bluff related crappie are being caught in the river.  The current diversion holes in the river are giving up a few fish.  Brushpiles and blowdowns are areas where anglers are catching fish in the creeks.  Minnow dippers are catching as many crappie as those using the alternatives.  Channel openings are popular target areas for anglers in the upper locations of the lake.  An occasional sauger is being caught around the dam in the calmer water.  Sauger anglers are not able to present their lure the way it needs to be presented due to the current.  Bass anglers continue to catch a lot of big fish.  The "rig" is being used by many anglers.  These anglers seek deeper water with a presence of baitfish.  Lipless lures are being used in the shallow areas.  Numerous fish over 8 pounds are being caught and some over 11 pounds have been caught.  It took 28 pounds to get a check in a local tournament and with just 38 pounds one could have taken home the 1st place check.  17 bass over 8 pounds were caught in the tournament.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 47 degrees; lake is fairly stable.  Several largemouth are being caught in the rivers on crankbaits and jigs on channel banks.  Smallmouth fishing has been fair while fishing jigs on points in 20-to-25 feet of water. 

Hiwassee River:  The water surface temperature is in the 40's.  The number of anglers on the water is increasing.  Some of those drifting the river are reporting catching as high as 80 trout a day in the most recent days.  Those with experience in the area suggest that fishing will improve with a few sunny and warm days.  Almost all those being caught are rainbow trout.  Most trout caught average around 11 inches long, but an occasional 18 inch fish is being lifted into the boat.  Most of the fish being caught are in the delayed harvest area of the river and most anglers are using winter stone fly imitations. 

Parksville Lake:  The lake is at winter level.  The surface water temperature is in the mid 40's early in the morning and warming into the lower 50's in the evening hours.  Bass anglers are catching largemouth and spotted bass on jerkbaits and crankbaits.  Some anglers are using jigs or spoons for a slower presentation.  Some heavy fish are being caught.  The number of bass being caught is lower than in the previous week.  Some anglers are reporting hooking up with some heavy trout in the area of the dam.  None of the trout have been boated according to anglers.  The fish are pulling loose before they get close enough to get a net under them.

Watts Bar: The lake is at winter level.  Spillways are open below Ft. Loudon Dam creating conditions that are unfavorable for sauger angers.  A few sauger are being caught in the calmer areas below the dam.  Crappie are being caught in the slack water near the dam.  Jigs and/or minnows are being used for bait below the dam for sauger and crappie.  Some walleye as heavy as 12 pounds are being caught in the tailwaters.  Jigs and grubs are being used to catch these fish.  Crappie trollers in the lower lake are catching many crappie.  20 fish stringers were not uncommon.  Most trollers were using jigs in the large creeks.  The majority of the anglers stated that the fish were close to the bottom.  15 feet of water seemed to be the most popular target depth.  Some bait pushers were using minnows as enticers.  Bass anglers were catching some good stringers of fish while using jigs, jerkbaits, and the "rig".  Most bass were being caught in primary locations near points.  Some shallow fish were caught in recent days along flats adjacent to deeper water while using lipless lures.


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