Fishing Report From The TWRA

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is slow.  Water is extremely high with heavy generation.  A few brown trout have been caught on jerkbaits while floating in high current.  A few white bass and walleye are being caught near the dam on jigs.

Center Hill:    Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 48 degrees; lake is falling.  A few bass are being caught on small jigs on channel banks in 15 feet of water.  A few crappie are being caught around docks using minnows in 10-to-15 feet of water.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is slower.  Water temperature is 44 degrees; lake is rising.  A few bass are being caught with the float’n’fly method in the clear water in 15-to-25 feet of water on the bluffs.  A few fish are being caught on crankbaits while fishing channel banks near Sunset Dock in 10 feet of water. 

Hiwassee River near Reliance:  The river temperature has been in the low 40’s.  The spillways at Appalacha Dam have been open for over a week.  The number of anglers on the river has been low primarily due to the extreme water conditions. 

Parksville Lake:  The lake was muddy in most areas.  The water temperature on 2/06/13 was 47 degrees.  The spillways were open at Ocoee Dam.  Spotted bass and crappie were being caught.  The number of fish that were caught in recent days was lower than one might expect.  Water conditions and weather may have contributed to the lower numbers.  Bass were caught by anglers using crankbaits, jigs, and jerkbaits.  Crappie anglers were using jigs or minnows for bait.

Watts Bar:  The lake elevation on 2/06/13 was 740.7 feet.  This is the elevation expected for summer, not winter.  The tailwater activity has been low due to the spilling of water and the challenging conditions associated with the same.  Some crappie and sauger have been caught in the calmer areas.  Jigs or minnows have been used for bait.  Some catfish and white bass have been caught by bank anglers in the water directly below Ft. Loudon Dam.  Jigs and roostertails have been used for white bass and meaty baits have been used to target catfish.  The mid to lower area of the lake has been an area where crappie anglers have enjoyed large catches.  Jigs or minnows have been used in the larger areas of water in creeks and bays.  Most crappie that have been caught were suspended, in brush, or around rocky areas.  Tightlining, trolling, or fishing under a float have been techniques employed by anglers.  Some bass were caught on the lower area of the lake.  Larger water in bays have been the target area for bass anglers.  Jigs, spoons, and crankbaits have been used by anglers.  Points and ledges were being targeted more than other areas.

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