TWRA Fishing Report

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Caney Fork:  Fishing is good.  Several trout are being caught using flies and spinners near the dam.  Nice browns are being caught on jerkbaits and shad during period of generations near Betty’s Island.

Center Hill:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 82; lake is falling.  Several walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawler rigs on flats in 20-to-30 feet of water.

  Bass fishing is good at night while fishing soft plastics on ledges in 20 feet of water.

Chickamauga: The water surface temperature is 82 degrees. The lake elevation as of 8/18 was 682.5 feet. This is the elevation expected for the season. Favorable current will increase the odds of having a successful fishing trip. Catfish drifters are catching several catfish and a few that are heavy. Meaty baits or concoctions consisting of the same are being used by all catfish anglers. Shad, wieners, and chicken are just a sample of the baits being used to catch catfish. Main lake targets are the focus areas for catfish anglers. Bluegill are being caught around rocky river banks and along humps situated in or near the main channel. Crickets, small jigs and worms are the baits

needed to catch bluegill. Rockfish are being caught in the tailwaters by those using shad, swimbaits, jigs, and topwater lures. Bass are being caught in areas generally associated with summer patterns. These include points, humps and drops in or close to the main channel. Worms, topwater lures, jigs, crankbaits, and spoons are receiving the majority of the work. A substantial number of bass are being caught along flats and in some of the deeper secondary areas probably due to the rain and cooler than normal water and ambient temperatures. Crappie are being caught near lights at night and around bluff walls and docks during high light conditions. Minnows and jigs offer equal opportunities for anglers.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is fair. Water temperature is 80; lake is falling.  Several walleye are being caught while trolling at night in 32 feet of water with nightcrawler rigs.  Bass fishing is fair at night while fishing spinnerbaits and soft plastic around weed beds in 15-to-20 feet of water.

Hiwassee River at Reliance: The river flow has been normal. Many vacationers, paddlers, rafters and anglers are on the river. Trout are being caught by most anglers. Most seasoned anglers are staying busy catching trout with dry flies. 50 trout being caught is an obtainable number. Striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and stonerollers are the other species being caught. The water temperature in recent days was 70 degrees at the Highway 411 Bridge and 65 degrees in areas upstream from the Highway 411 Bridge.

Parksville Lake: The lake surface temperature is in the low 80’s and the lake elevation is summer normal. Plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits and topwater lures are being used to catch bass along the main lake. Many of the fish being caught are small. Some schooling activity is occurring out from the East Ramp and in the bend of the river near the dam. Just a few anglers are fishing for other species such as catfish, bluegill and crappie. The rewards for these anglers are mostly minuscule.

Watts Bar: The water surface temperature is 82 degrees. The lake surface temperature is 82 degrees. The lake elevation on 8/18 was 740.8 feet. The area below Ft. Loudon Dam is an area where many stripers are being caught at most times by those using a variety of artificial baits. Live baiters are catching the greater number of fish. Saturday was a time where the water flow was not great and the number of successful anglers was lower than it has been in a while. The Clinch striper activity is getting better. Live bait, jigs, and topwater baits rolled slowly across the surface are proven baits and techniques for many. Crappie anglers are catching their fish at most times around lights at night. Minnows or jigs are being used by nearly all. Bass anglers are catching fish in the typical main lake areas generally associated with summer patterns while using plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits. A large number of bass are being caught more shallow than normal in large water secondary locations probably due to the rainy and cool summer. Shad or blugill, current, heavy rods and line, and heavy sinkers include a combination for catching big catfish.

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