Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:
Caney Fork: Fishing is slow. A few rainbow are being caught during periods of low flow, using flies and spinners. A few white bass are being caught on jigs near Carthage around the mouth of the creeks.
Center Hill: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 51 degrees; lake is rising. Several bass are being caught on jerkbaits, crankbaits, and jigs in 5-to-15 feet of water in the creeks. Crappie fishing is slow with a few being caught in sunken brush in 10 feet of water on minnows. Walleye fishing has been good near Webbs Camp on jigs in 20 feet of water.
Chickamauga: The lake is at winter level. The surface water temperature early Saturday morning was forty-two degrees. Crappie anglers are catching plenty of fish using a variety of patterns. Most anglers are finding crappie along steep creek banks near brush or rocks. Minnows are being used more than jigs by the majority of anglers. Catfish are being caught by main lake anglers that are using shad for bait. Many baits can be used to catch catfish, but those that use shad seem to catch the biggest fish. Some white bass are being caught in the upper portion of the reservoir by those anglers using grubs for bait. Many large bass continue to be caught. Chickamauga Lake is a very special fishery right now for those that enjoying catching bass. Anglers have an opportunity to catch a bass over ten pounds. I guess that has always been the case, but now it can become a reality easier than any other time in recent memory. This lake possibly has never been this good before. This past week a tournament coming out of Dayton Boat Dock took forty-four pounds and some change to win. That is nearly a nine pound average. Many anglers are throwing the "rig". Ledges adjacent to flats near main lake water would be a good location to begin the search.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is fair. Water temperature is 46 degrees above Lily Dale; lake is rising. Largemouth fishing is fair while using jigs and spinnerbait around shallow cover on secondary points. Smallmouth fishing is slow with a few fish being caught on jigs and live bait when fishing in 15 feet of water on creek channel banks.
Hiwassee River near Reliance: The river temperature is near forty-two degrees. The number of anglers this past week were few. Those that fished from the bank caught a few trout. Drifters caught many trout in the area upstream from the railroad bridge. A trout or two above the seventeen inch mark was reportedly caught. Small spinner-type lures and flies that match the winter stone flies are being used for bait. A stocking occurred this past week. Those being stocked were good size and at least three different areas were stocked.
Parksville Lake: The surface water temperature is averaging forty-two degrees early and warming to the upper forties. The warming weather should trigger a good bite this coming week according to local experts. Anglers have struggled a bit lately with lower numbers of fish being caught and the quality of fish being caught are not the giant spots that Parksville is becoming known for. Plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs are being used by most anglers. A really nice largemouth was caught toward the upper end of the lake. A very few anglers are catching a few crappie. Some anglers reported that a trout or two was caught toward the lower end and one angler fishing from the bank caught a trout.
Watts Bar: The lake is slightly above winter normal level. The surface water temperature is averaging forty-two degrees early and warming slightly during the day. Crappie anglers are catching plenty of fish while trolling in the larger secondary creeks. Twelve to eighteen feet of water seems to be the target zone. Minnows, jigs, and crankbaits are being used by anglers. Some crappie anglers are targeting blowdowns along steep ledges. Trolling is a more efficient technique for filling the skillet. White bass are being caught in areas close to the tailwaters. Jigs or grubs are being used for bait. Sauger and walleye anglers are struggling with the water conditions. The water flow had slowed down with the closing of some spillways, but this past week four additional spillways were opened at Ft. Loudon Dam. The tailwater anglers were not catching many fish this past weekend. Bass fishermen are catching some quality largemouth and smallmouth. Bluff walls are one type of area where anglers were using the "rig" and jigs to catch some heavy fish. Lipless lures were being used on flats adjacent to deeper water. Primary points were being targeted by many anglers. Some anglers are catching the majority of their fish while using jerkbaits.