Fishing Report From The TWRA

Thursday, September 5, 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 Sunday was at 682.6 feet.  This is summer normal pool.   The surface water temperature was near 80 degrees.  Some bass have been caught in the summer deep patterns.  The main ingredient that must be present to locate these fish in these areas is the baitfish.  The normal baits used in these areas such as plastic worms and crankbaits have been the most used lures.  A majority of bass seem to be holding around grass in areas near the deep water.  Large plastic worms and topwater lures have been the baits used most often in these locations.  Bluegill have been caught around bluff walls in the river.  Crickets and worms have been used by nearly all anglers in search of bluegill.  Catfish have been caught in the main channel by those anglers that have used meaty baits from various sources.  Striped bass were caught in the tailwaters and a few were caught in some of the large water creeks by those using shad and swimbaits.  Some crappie have been caught around a few community hole docks.  Jigs and grubs have been the baits used by crappie anglers.  Brushy areas along creek breaks is one type of area where a good number of large crappie have been caught.  Some white bass have been caught in the upper and mid-lake locations by those using topwater lures or “Roostertails”.

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: The water surface water temperature is around 80 degrees.  A few anglers have caught largemouth bass on the upper end of the lake.  These anglers overwhelmingly chose plastic worms rigged Texas style for bait.  Lower lake anglers have caught a few spotted bass while using crankbaits.  One angler had several crappie  in a recent survey that were caught around brush in 15 feet of water while using minnows.  In recent days the anglers were outnumbered by those that like to ski.

Hiwassee River near Reliance: The water flow has been heavy at times creating conditions that were difficult to fish.  The number of anglers on the river has been low.  The holiday weekend was the exception.  These anglers were happy with the number of fish that were caught.  Dryflies were used most often by many.  Worms, corn and spinner-type lures were used by the other anglers.  Rainbow trout, brown trout, stonerollers, striped bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill were the other species caught and the frequency they were caught were in the above given order.

Watts Bar: The lake is at summer pool.  The water surface temperature has been in the upper 70’s to low 80’s.  Catfish anglers have caught fish in the large secondary locations and in the main channel.  Most baits typically used to catch catfish have been used with positive results.  The biggest catfish have been caught on shad or bluegill.  Bass anglers have caught fish in the typical summer locations while using crankbaits, spoons, worms and jigs.  The greater number of bass however have been caught in the secondary locations near the primary areas.  Cooler conditions and improved water quality in secondary areas has allowed baitfish and predators to stay in the shallower areas all summer.  Bluegill have been caught around boat docks and rock walls while using crickets or worms.  White bass have been caught along humps and drops in the main channel while using heavy spinner-type lures.  Striped bass have been caught by those anglers using shad or swimbaits in the tailwaters.  Crappie have been caught by a few in the deeper areas while using minnows or jigs.  Some of the crappie have been suspended in open water secondary areas and others have been caught near deep water brush.  Minnows or jigs have been used to lure crappie.


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