Fishing Report From The TWRA

Monday, April 29, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is fair. A few white bass are being caught in the mouth of the creeks on jigs.  Trout fishing is fair, while fishing spinners and spoons near the dam.

Center Hill:  Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 66 degrees; lake is rising.  Bass fishing is fair on floating worms and jigs while fishing shallow cover in the creeks.  Crappie fishing is slow with a few fish being caught in the laydowns in 5 feet of water.  A few walleye are being caught near Pates Ford while trolling in 15 feet of water. 

Dale Hollow: Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 63 degrees; lake is rising.  Several largemouth are being caught on floating worms and jigs while fishing willows in the creeks.  Crappie fishing is slow with a few fish being caught around the willows with minnows in 2 feet of water.  Several bluegill and shellcrackers are being caught on night crawlers while fishing pockets in 5 feet of water.

Chickamauga Lake: The lake elevation on 4/28/2013 was 681.3 feet.  This elevation is slightly below summer pool.  The current surface water temperature is around 70 degrees on average.  Crappie anglers are catching limits easily.  The best opportunity for catching crappie may be behind us.  Most crappie are starting to move out into water  that is deeper than in previous weeks.  12 feet of water may be the optimal depth to catch crappie at present.  Brush will increase the odds of finding a few fish.  Tightlining and trolling are techniques being used most often.  Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.  Bass anglers are casting almost every bait designed for shallow areas with good results.  Many bass are spawning and for some the job is over.  Areas adjacent to the shallows such as ledges or points are areas that may be holding post-spawn and pre-spawn fish.  White bass and striped bass are being caught in the tailwaters while using jigs or crankbaits.  Catfish are shallow and can be caught on various baits typically used for catching catfish.

Hiwassee River: The river flow has been normal and conducive to good angling.  Many anglers are visiting the area from neighboring states.  Local anglers are also plentiful.  Many trout continue to be caught by waders, drifters, and those fishing from the bank.  Most trout being caught are rainbows with a few brown trout mixed in.  Spinners, flies, corn, and worms are being used to catch trout.  Some anglers suggest trout fishing may be as good as it has been in a while when considering the quality of fish present in the river.

Parksville Lake: The lake elevation on 4/28/2013 was 827.9 feet.  The average surface water temperature is in the upper 60‘s.  This elevation is slightly lower than the previous week, although it is close to full summer pool.  Bass can be caught by anglers using jigs, worms, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures.  Bass are shallow and some are spawning.  Some quality spotted bass and largemouth bass are being caught.  The area below the East Ramp is targeted primarily for spotted bass.  A few crappie are being caught close to the highway ramp.  The key word is a few.  Minnows and/or jigs are being used most often for bait. 

Watts Bar Lake: The lake elevation on 4/28/2013 was 739.9 feet.  The surface water temperature was in the upper 60‘s to lower 70‘s depending on the area being checked and time of day.  This elevation was lower than the previous week and just slightly below summer pool.  Fishing for crappie is very good.  This crappie season has been better than any in recent history according to many who have wet a line.  Minnows and jigs used as bait offer equal opportunities.  The majority of crappie being caught seem to be in the 10 to 12 foot of water depth and around brush or stumps.  Tightlining is the technique most anglers are using.  Bass anglers are catching fish around secondary points, secondary ledges and in the shallow bay areas.  Many bass are spawning and some have completed their work and are moving into deeper water.  Lipless lures, jigs and worms are being used more than any other lures.  Bags of 20 plus pounds of fish will be needed to have an opportunity to be the hero for the day in the local tournaments.  White bass and rockfish can be caught in the upper portion of the reservoir during times when the current flow is favorable.  Some catfish are being caught in the main channel along the bottom while using the typical baits generally associated with catfish.  Many catfish are being caught by those anglers targeting crappie.

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