Fishing Report From The TWRA

Monday, January 13, 2014

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA:

Chickamauga Reservoir:
Reservoir Conditions:
Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 675.4 feet. The water surface temperature is 40 to 45 degrees depending on location.

Largemouth Bass: Access has been limited in some areas due to ice.  Crankbaits, jigs, and the rig are being used primarily on the main channel with a few good fish being caught.

Smallmouth Bass: Lower reservoir and extreme upper reservoir are being fished with jigs and spoons and some smallmouth are being caught.  Most lower lake fish are being caught on bluff walls.

Spotted Bass: The main channel offers the best opportunity to catch these fish.  Downsizing with bright colors sometimes increases the odds. A few fish are being caught.

Crappie: Main lake and the river on the upper and lower reservoir are the target areas being fished while using minnows or jigs.  Rock bluffs and creek openings are areas to target.  Several stringers of fish are being caught.  

Striped bass: A few are being caught by those using shad or jigs for bait.  Look for bait fish in the main channel.  All areas of the reservoir are possible target areas.

Bluegill and Shellcracker: Bluegill are being caught in most of the reservoir mainly by those targeting crappie.  Upper reservoir creek openings are areas shellcracker are being caught by those using worms or small jigs.

Sauger:  The area normally fished for sauger is rough and swift.  Not much interest in recent days.

Catfish: Live baiters are catching heavy fish in some areas. The main channel in the lower reservoir is receiving the most attention.

Dale Hollow: Fishing is good. Water temperature is approximately 50 degrees. Lake is fairly stable.

Smallmouth:  Several fish are being caught on jigs on points in 15-to-25 feet of water.

Largemouth:  Some good largemouth are being caught on jigs around laydown trees on channel banks in 5-to-15 feet of water.

Crappie:  A few crappie are being caught in the rivers on minnows around fallen trees in 5-to-15 feet of water.

Watts Bar:
Reservoir Conditions:
Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 737.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 42 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Deep bays, main lake and areas in between are being targeted by those using jigs and crankbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Small jigs are being used on rock banks along the main channel.

Spotted Bass: Most fish are being caught while targeting LMB or SMB.

Walleye: A few reports of fish being caught from the I-75 Bridge and upstream.  Jigs used along the bottom and sometimes tipped with jigs is the technique being used.

Sauger: A few reports of tailwater fish being caught while bouncing jigs along the bottom.  The dead water area beside the spillways is the area where the better reports are coming from.

Crappie: Suspended fish are being caught in the large creeks and some crappie are being caught along the channel drops in the large secondary water.  Minnows or jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Live bait in the large secondary areas or the main channel is an area where at least 1 angler is catching quality fish.

Striped bass: Main channel anglers are catching a few while targeting bass and throwing the rig.  Mid lake seems to be the best area.

Musky: The tailwaters below Melton Hill Dam is an area receiving attention from local and traveling anglers.  Large stick baits are getting a few followers and an occasional fish is being caught.

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