Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:
Caney Fork: Fishing is good. Several small rainbows and brooks are being caught on flies from the dam to Betty’s Island. A few nice rockfish are being caught near Carthage on top water baits in the late afternoon.
Center Hill: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 81 degrees. Lake is fairly stable. A few bass are being caught on drop shots in 25 feet of water on points. A few crappie are being caught in sunken brush piles on minnows in 20 feet of water. Walleye fishing is very slow.
Chickamauga: The lake elevation has trended downward but the weekend elevation was in a range considered summer normal. The surface water temperature was in the upper 70’s in many areas of the lake over the weekend. Several tournaments on the lake over the weekend has had the lake busy. Most anglers have reported catches that reflect the dog days of summer even though the calendar suggests September. The bass have been caught in many areas of the lake, but the flats adjacent to the main channel seem to be the better location for targeting bass. Topwater weedless lures and plastic worms have been used for bait by most anglers. Striped bass tailwater anglers have caught enough fish to keep them busy and willing to come back another day. A few heavyweights have been caught. Swimbaits, live bait, jigs and topwater baits have been used successfully to catch these fish. Some crappie anglers have targeted docks and bluffs to catch many crappie. Minnows or jigs have been used to catch these fish at night and during the daylight hours. Most bluff anglers target the river areas and dock pitchers look at river and large water secondary docks. Catfish have been caught by drifters in the main channel. Shad, chicken parts, and various other favorite catfish baits have been used by anglers. Upper reservoir river drifters have caught many bluegill while fishing the main channel with worms or crickets.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 78 degrees. Lake is falling. A few bass are being caught on dropshot in 25 feet of water on points. A few crappie are being caught in the river around falling trees in 20 feet of water on minnows A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on breaks in 35 feet of water.
Hiwassee River: The river flow has been normal or high on the days that surveys were conducted. The river temperature over the weekend was in the mid to upper 60’s. Most anglers visiting the river were using an assortment of baits to catch there fish. Most anglers enjoyed catching several trout over the weekend. Most trout caught were rainbows. A few brown trout were caught and at least a couple of brook trout were reportedly caught. The greatest number of trout caught that was reported to the wildlife worker that conducts surveys was 40. This number is not typical of the average angler. Black bass, crappie and bluegill were other species that have been caught in recent days.
Ocoee 1 or Parksville Lake: The lake surface temperature is in the mid 70’s. The weekend elevation was 828.2 feet. This elevation was considered summer normal. Most spotted bass were being caught using a vertical presentation in deep water. The water depth most anglers were targeting was 25 feet or deeper. Various worm rigs, jigs and spoons were the most used baits. Some surface schoolers were being caught by those using topwater lures or crankbaits, but most of these fish were of the smaller variety. Some largemouth were being caught out from the East Ramp and points upstream from that location. Plastic worms were being used for most of these fish. A few crappie were being caught near brush or blowdowns in water depths exceeding 20 feet. Minnows or jigs were being used. Some worm fishermen have caught bluegill around the deeper banks.
Watts Bar: The lake over the weekend was at 740.5 feet elevation. This was normal summer elevation. The surface water temperature was in the upper 70‘s in many areas. Some fishermen have been prefishing for upcoming tournaments. Those anglers have reported mixed results. Some anglers have caught some good numbers of fish with a few quality fish in the mix and other anglers have struggled. Nearly all areas of the lake have been fished and bass have been located in all areas including some surprisingly shallow fish. The larger number of fish seem to be concentrated in the areas between the very shallow and the primary summer locations. Deeper secondary areas have been fished by more anglers in recent days. Crankbaits, plastic worms, jigs and spoons make up the arsenal most anglers have packed. Some dim light fish have been caught by those using topwater lures and spinnerbaits. White bass have been caught along mid lake drops and humps in the primary areas. Those fish have been caught during late evening hours more often than other times. This is the time of day shad tend to concentrate in the white bass areas. Catfish drifters have caught several fish while fishing the main channel and using meaty baits from various sources. Striped bass anglers have caught several tailwater fish while using artificial and live bait. Shad, jigs, topwater baits and spoons have been the most used baits. A few stripers over 30 pounds have been caught this previous week. Only a few hardy souls have attempted catching crappie. Those that have fished for crappie have been those that normally catch crappie year around. These anglers have caught deep brush pile fish in large secondary areas primarily deeper than 18 feet deep. Minnows or jigs have been used for bait.