Fishing Report From The TWRA

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is fair.  Several small trout are being caught on flies near the dam during periods of no flow.  Better browns are being caught below Betty’s Island on spinners and shad.

Center Hill:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 84 degrees; lake is falling.  Several walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawlers and spinners on flats in 25 feet of water.  Bass fishing is good at night on soft plastics and spinnerbaits while fishing points in 15-to-30 feet of water.  Several catfish are being caught on juglines while baited with bluegill.

Chickamauga: The lake elevation on 8/25/13 was 682.9 feet.  This was slightly higher than the seasonal normal.  The beginning of September will be the date when the fall drawdown will begin.  The lake surface water temperature has been averaging 82 degrees.  Excessive rain has made typical summer holes less dependable.  Some deep humps, points, rockpiles, and ledges have held fish in recent days.  A greater number of fish than normal have been caught in the primary creeks, and along flats near the deeper water.  Plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs have received the majority of work in the deeper locations and spinnerbaits and topwater lures have received the majority of the shallow work.  A 2 day tournament was held out of Dayton Boat Dock this past weekend.  The leading angler on Saturday had a 5 fish limit that weighed more than 29 pounds.  Drifters have caught large catfish in the main channel on most catfish baits.  Optimize your catfish experience with bluegill or shad.  Striper action has been great in the tailwaters.  Jigs, swimbaits, and other artificial favorites have been used for striped bass with successful catches, but shad used for bait can turn a good day into something better.  Crappie anglers have used minnows and jigs around docks for a few good crappie.  The same areas with lights have provided angling opportunities for those in search of night crappie.  Bluegill can be caught while using worms for bait along bluffs and humps in the river. 

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 83 degrees; lake is falling.  Lots of walleye are being caught at night while trolling in 30 feet of water with deep running crankbaits.  Bass fishing is good at night while fishing jigs and soft, plastics around stumps and grass in 20 feet of water.  Good catfish are being caught while fishing trotlines, baited with shad, in the creeks. 

Parksville Lake: The lake elevation is at the seasonal normal level.  The lake surface water temperature is 82 degrees in most areas. Quality largemouth have been caught in the upper reservoir by those using plastic worms rigged the old fashion way.  A few spotted bass have been caught in the same areas and points downstream from the same.  Most anglers have not caught stringers that make memories.  A couple of anglers have caught healthy stringers of crappie around deeper blowdowns.  Jigs and minnows have been used with equal results.  Some catfish have been caught by those drifting with the typical catfish baits in the current. One angler reported seeing a pack of hogs swimming the lake.

Hiwassee River near Reliance: The water flow has been normal most days.  A couple of days the current was heavier than normal creating difficult conditions.  Dry flies have been a hit with most trout anglers.  Those in the right area, with a good stick can catch 40 to 50 trout in a 4 hour span.  Most anglers do not qualify.  Spotted bass, stonerollers, crappie, bluegill and a few smallmouth bass have been caught along with the trout but at numbers considerably less.  Worms, corn, and “Roostertails” have been used by many anglers.  The river temperature is averaging mid 60’s.

Watts Bar: The lake was slightly higher than seasonal normal on 8/25/13.  82 degrees was the surface temperature in most areas.  Tailwater temperatures can be significantly cooler.  A few crappie have been caught at night and in the daylight hours.  Lights around docks have been areas to target at night.  Deep docks and brush have been daylight crappie magnets.  Large catfish and a few smaller ones have been caught in the main channel and in the large water secondary areas.  All normal catfish baits have been used to catch fish.  The better bait will be shad or bluegill.  Some enthusiastic catfish anglers soak their wieners in strawberry “Kool-Aid”.  Bass anglers have targeted deep secondary locations for bass.  Many bass anglers have not located the bass in the normal summer patterns probably due to lower surface water temperatures and higher water levels which normally means the oxygen levels will be different from typical August conditions.  Crankbaits, plastic worms, topwater lures and spinnerbaits have been the baits used most often.  Striped bass have been caught in the tailwaters on artificial and live bait.  Bluegill can be caught along bluffs located in the river while using crickets or worms.

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