Fishing Report From The TWRA

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork: Fishing is good. Several trout are being caught in period of no flow, while fishing with flies.  Some nice browns have been caught near Carthage while using spoons and spinners.

Center Hill: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 83; lake is fairly stable. Lots of nice bass are being caught at night on soft-plastics and spinnerbaits, while fishing points in 10 feet of water.

  Catfish fishing is excellent while fishing bluegill under jug lines near Floating Mill.

Chickamauga: Lake elevations expected in the summer exist.  White bass are being caught at times along humps in the main lake.  Spoons are one lure that is being used by those targeting white bass.  Tailwater anglers are catching plenty of striped bass while using shad, jigs and topwater lures.  Trollers are catching fish while using large topwater lures.  Catfish are easily caught by those in the primary waters drifting in the current and baiting with nearly anything with a meaty texture.  Bluegill are being caught near rock bluffs and deep along humps in primary locations.  Crappie anglers are finding fish near river bluffs, ledges in deep water and around docks.  Those new to the game will have greater luck around docks if one is available.  Jigs and minnows are equal opportunity offerings for crappie seekers.  Largemouth bass can be caught in many locations.  Efficient anglers start the search along main lake points and humps while using electronics and locating aggressive fish for fast action.  Various lures are being used to catch these fish.  No lure know to humankind will compete with the plastic worm.  Some bass of size are being caught. 

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good, water temperature is 82 degrees; lake is fairly stable.  Lots of bass are being caught at night on spinnerbaits and jigs while fishing points in 10-15 feet of water.  Lots of smallmouth are being caught early in the morning while fishing topwater baits while fish are running shad.  Walleye fishing has been good at night while fishing jerkbaits and  crankbaits near Star Point.  A few crappie are being caught while fishing laydown trees in 10 feet of water using minnows.

Parksville Lake: The lake is extremely low.  Parking on Saturday and Sunday is interesting. Many anglers are shifting their angling efforts to lower light or no light hours.  Spinnerbaits, topwater lures and small plastic worms are being used for bait.  The number of bass being caught is lower than in previous weeks.  Bluegill can be caught along rocky areas while using worms or crickets for bait.  A few crappie are being caught.  Minnows or jigs being fished in current diversion areas or along deep blowdowns are working combinations that offer crappie opportunities.  Some white bass are being caught while surface schooling.  Spoons are always good in this situation.

Hiwassee River: The number of anglers present along the river was lower this past week.  Lower angler numbers did not correspond with angler success rates.  Those visiting the area caught plenty of trout while using artificial flies, corn and worms.  Drifters were the most successful anglers followed by waders.  Bank anglers were not without.  Many bank anglers caught limits of trout. 

Watts Bar: The lake is at summer level.  White bass are being caught in most areas including the tailwaters.  Lower and mid lake humps in the main lake are harboring a few white bass.  Current flow is a positive for all main lake fishing.  Spinner-type lures are being used for most white bass anglers.  Striped bass anglers are enjoying robust activity in the waters below Ft. Loudon Dam.  This area has been the better area to catch striped bass this season.  Some fish have exceeded fifty pounds.  Jigs, crankbaits, topwater lures and shad are being used for bait.  Smallmouth bass are being caught along rocky mid lake primary points early and late.  Flukes and topwater baits are being used by many successful anglers that seek smallmouth.  Largemouth bass are being caught in many locations deep and shallow.  The greater number of fish are being caught around or adjacent to primary locations including humps, points and drops.  Crankbaits, jigs, and various worm combinations are being used by those that seek largemouth bass.  Catfish drifters are catching many fish in the main channel while using various baits generally associated with catching catfish.  Bluegill are being caught around docks and rock bluffs.  Some crappie are being caught while using minnows deep in secondary creeks.


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