Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, January 24, 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: 678.0 feet.    The water surface temperature is 42 to 44 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Creature baits worked slow and lipless lures for the reaction bites used in 10 feet of water is the technique being used for a few good stringers.
Smallmouth Bass: Jigs used along the steeper banks in the upper reservoir and lower reservoir are being used to catch a few good fish.
Spotted Bass:
Various locations and techniques are being used to catch spotted bass.  Most spots are caught by anglers targeting LMB.
Crappie:
Offshore structure and deep channel breaks are holding the greater number of crappie.  Minnows and/or jigs used in 15 plus feet of water is the most popular pattern.
Striped bass: Mid and upper reservoir fish are being caught by those using jigs or crankbaits.
Bluegill: Most bluegill are being caught by crappie anglers.
Sauger:
  No confirmed catches but a few sources suggest a few upper reservoir fish are being caught.  These sources suggest that the total number of fish being caught is low.
Catfish: Live baiters are catching large fish in the main channel in the deeper holes in the river.


Cordell Hull Lake:  Fishing is slow. 
Bass:  A few are being caught on float and fly method while fishing channel banks with a 15 foot leader.


Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 46 degrees. Lake is stable.
Smallmouth and Largemouth: A few are being caught on tailspinners in 25-to-35 feet of water.

Great Falls:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is approximately 44 degrees.
Bass:  A few are being caught on jigs while fishing channel banks in 10 feet of water.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 737.9 feet. The water surface temperature is 42 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: A few fish are being caught along the steeper banks by those using any bait worked slowly along the bottom.
Smallmouth Bass: Small jigs used along the steep main lake banks is the method being used to catch smallmouth.  The season has been good for smallmouth anglers, but the nasty weather in recent days has kept many at home.
Walleye: Some reports are coming in positive for the upper reservoir, but no actual observations have occurred.
Sauger: Scattered reports of catches, no observations.
Crappie:
Recent catches are slower than in earlier days.  Some knowledgeable anglers are leaving the 30 feet of water and looking for deeper fish. 
Catfish: Live baiters are catching a few in the deeper main channel areas.
Striped bass: Mid and upper reservoir anglers in the Tennessee and lower Clinch are where stripers are being caught by anglers using the rig.


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