Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, January 31, 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: 677.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 44 degrees in the river.
Largemouth Bass: Lipless lures around grassy deep points and open water ledges fished with the rig are the two working patterns being used for some 25 pound plus stringers.
Smallmouth bass: Lower lake around the bluffs and upper reservoir near the banks are areas where crankbaits or jigs are being used for decent catches.
Crappie: The colder days are keeping the fish deep.  A slight daily warming will push some fish into surprisingly shallow bays especially with some shad movement into the same areas.  Jigs or minnows can be used to catch fish.  A few over 2 pounds are being caught and have been weighed.
Striped bass: Upper reservoir is the hottest area with most fish being caught by those targeting bass with the “rig”.
Bluegill: A few are being caught by bank anglers while using worms or small jigs.
 A few reports but no observations.
Catfish: Main lake drifters and live or previously alive bait are being used to catch some big catfish.

Dale Hollow:  No report due to extremely cold weather.

Great Falls:  No report due to extremely cold weather.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 737.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 44 degrees in the river.
Largemouth Bass: A few have been caught in the deeper areas around rocks.  Jigs, spoons and the “rig” is being used most often. 
Smallmouth Bass: Main lake rocky banks and small jigs in combination are resulting in several boated smallmouth with a few heavy fish included.
A few reports but no weighed fish.
A few reports but no weighed fish.
Fewer stringers are being caught, but a few anglers are moving into deeper water of 30 feet plus to catch a few fish.  Heavy tightening with minnows or jigs and a vertical to near vertical presentation is required.
Catfish: Main lake drifters are using shad or bluegill more often than other baits for the biggest boated fish.
Striped bass: Mid lake is the hottest area with most fish being caught by those targeting bass with the “rig”.

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