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.



Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.  The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects ... (click for more)

Eighth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Starts Friday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Friday-Sunday. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.  Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday ... (click for more)

Family At Bedside Of Legendary Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt

The family of legendary Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt was at her bedside on Sunday. Erin Freeman, of the Pat Summitt Foundation, released this statement: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Will George Go?

George Will, easily one of the most respected conservative columnists in America and a Republican commentator, was a guest on Fox News Sunday yesterday when he made a very revealing statement. He announced he has left the Republican Party “for the same reason I joined it” and that he is not only disappointed by the party’s actions but its increasingly-inept leadership as well. ... (click for more)