Fishing Report From The TWRA

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Caney Fork:  Fishing is fair. Several small rainbows are being caught on flies and spinners between the dam and Betty’s Island.  A few rockfish are being caught on jerk baits near Stonewall.

Center Hilll:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 86 degrees; lake is stable.  Bass are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.  Bass fishing at night is fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics on ledges in 20 feet of water.  A few walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawlers on flats in 25 feet of water. 

Chickamauga:  The lake is full and the surface water temperature has been in the upper 70’s to low 80’s.  More grass is visible now compared to a week ago.  Bass anglers have caught some deep water fish around the humps and drops while using crankbaits, spoons, jigs and plastic worms.  The majority of the anglers have searched for flats next to the deeper water that has grass.  Spinnerbaits, lipless lures and topwater lures have been used by these anglers with several bass being caught.  The quality of bass that have been caught has not been as good this previous week.  A few crappie have been caught by those using jigs or minnows around deep water brush, bluffs, and docks.  Catfish drifters have used a wide range of baits to catch good numbers of fish.  Striped bass have been caught by many anglers in the tailwaters below Watts Bar Dam.  Live baiters have caught more fish than the artificial guys.  These striped bass anglers have caught a few large smallmouth bass.  Bluegill have been caught by anglers fishing around rock walls and drifting in the main channel.  Main channel bluegill drifters have reported greater numbers of fish being caught from Hiwassee Island to the Washington Ferry section of the lake.  Small jigs, worms, and crickets have been the enticers used by those in search of bluegill.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 85 degrees; lake is falling.  A few bass are being caught on top water baits while fish are chasing shad early in the mornings.  Bass fishing at night has been slow with a few fish being caugt on jigs and soft plastics in 25 feet of water. 

Hiwassee River near Reliance: The river flow has been normal according to all the local anglers.  Most days the current has increased due to activity at the powerhouse around 11:00 A.M.  The water temperature has been steady in the mid 60’s.  Some anglers have caught trout in numbers.  Drift boaters have reported catching the greater number of fish.  Most have been released to be caught some other time.  Some smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and crappie have been caught.  Spinner-type baits, dry flies, worms and corn have been used for bait most often.  A few anglers have targeted striped bass with mixed results.  These anglers have used live bait, swimbaits, and topwater lures most often.  Those using live bait have reporting having better results when compared to their counterparts.

Parksville Lake: The number of anglers on the water has been lower this week when compared to last week.  Most fish that have been caught were deep.  Some shallow water largemouth have been caught on the upper end of the lake by those using plastic worms rigged Texas style. Spotted bass have been caught most often by those that have perfected the deep water locations.  Electronics have been essential in locating deep structure to find the spotted bass hideouts. These areas have been in water depths that range from 25 feet to 40 feet deep.  Drop shot rigs have proven to catch the majority of these fish.  Some crappie have been caught in deeper water around blowdowns while using jigs or minnows.  One angler had caught just a few catfish while baiting with chicken parts.

Watts Bar: The lake is at summer pool and the water temperature is in the upper 70’s on average most days.  Anglers have caught bass in good numbers while using plastic worms rigged various ways.  A few anglers have used crankbaits and jigs.  Large water secondary areas have held more bass than other locations.  Topwater lures and spinnerbaits have been used in lowlight conditions.  Some crappie anglers have caught good numbers of crappie around deeper blowdowns and brushpiles while using minnows or jigs.  Some crappie anglers have used lights at night or searched for lighted areas to catch their crappie.  Catfish anglers have caught plenty of fish in large secondary areas or in the main channel while drifting.  Live bait is the less convenient but most effective bait.  Striped bass anglers have caught many fish in the tailwaters while using livebait.  These anglers regularly catch 4 pound smallmouth while targeting striped bass.  Some walleye have been caught below Ft. Loudon Dam in recent days. Some walleye as big as 6 pounds have been caught.  These walleye have been caught more often by bank anglers using jigs as bait.  Bluegill have been caught around docks and near rock walls while using worms or crickets for bait.

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