Fishing Report From The TWRA

Wednesday, February 12, 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: 678.5 feet.  The water surface temperature is 38 to 44 degrees.  Downstream from Sequoyah is warmer than other areas.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught on the Tennessee Rig and the jerkbait. Locate shad in the open water areas to locate the bass.

Smallmouth Bass: Upper and lower reservoir humps and rocky banks while casting jigs or small crankbaits is the combination being used for smallmouth bass.

Spotted Bass: Several fish are being caught by those targeting LMB and SMB.  Smaller baits in bright colors will increase the number of spots that may be caught.

Crappie: Jigs or minnows used around blowdowns in open water bays, bluffs, and docks in 8 to 25 feet deep depending on the targeted water.

Striped bass: Upper reservoir fish are being caught by those using shad, swimbaits, and large jigs.   

Bluegill: Some bluegill are being caught by those targeting crappie and by a few bank anglers using worms along deeper banks.

Sauger:  No reports or observations.

Catfish: Some catfish are being caught while drifting the main channel by those using shad.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is slow; water temperature is 38 degrees.  Lake is rising.
Smallmouth:  A few smallmouth are being caught on the float-n-fly technique on the bluffs in 20 feet of water.  All other fishing is slow at this time.


Great Falls:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 40 degrees; lake is high. 
Bass:  A few bass 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: 738.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 36 to 42 degrees depending on the location.

Largemouth Bass: A few are being caught by those using the Tennessee Rig. Locate the shad.

Smallmouth Bass: Rocky river banks and small jigs.

Spotted Bass: Just a few are being caught by those targeting other species.

Walleye: Low activity probably due to 36 degree water.

Sauger: See walleye.

Crappie: Some decent catches in open water areas by those using jigs or minnows.  A few are being caught as deep as 45 feet deep.

Catfish: Main channel and shad in combination will increase the odds.  Smaller cats can be caught on any meaty bait.

Striped bass:  Upper to mid reservoir by those using the Tennessee Rig or shad in areas where bait is present.





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