Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, February 25, 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: 679.2 feet on 2/24/14.  The water surface temperature is 43 degrees in some areas and on Sunday water surface temperature as warm as 67 degrees was found.
Largemouth Bass: Slow in the mid to upper reservoir with better results downstream.  Some very large fish have been caught.  The “Tennessee Rig” and jerkbaits have been used most often.
Smallmouth Bass: A few fish in the upper and lower reservoir have been caught by those using crankbaits along the main channel banks.
Spotted Bass:
Most anglers have been catching spotted bass while targeting other species.
Crappie: Upper to mid reservoir angling has been challenging with better results on the lower end.  Minnows or jigs have been being used in open bay areas.  Most fish are being caught in 15 feet of water or deeper.  A few areas have shallower fish where the water warms quickly with daytime heating.
Striped bass: Some anglers have caught these fish while bass fishing.  A few have been caught on the upper reservoir.
Bluegill: Most bluegill have been caught by anglers targeting other species.
Sauger:
  No observations or reports.
Catfish: Main lake live bait drifters have caught catfish.


Dale Hollow:
Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 40 degrees at Lily Dale. 
Smallmouth: A few fish are being caught with jigs in 25-to-35 feet of water. 
Largemouth: A few largemouth are being caught in the Obey River on jigs on channel banks in 15-20 feet of water.
Crappie:  Fishing is fair with a few fish being caught around laydown trees in 10-to-15 feet of water. 

Great Falls:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 49 degrees. Lake is fluctuating up and down. 
Bass:  A few bass are being caught on jigs around laydown trees in 10-to-20 feet of water.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is very slow at this time. 

Watts Bar:Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 739.2 feet on 2/24/14.  The water surface temperature in most areas is 44 degrees with pockets of warmer water in many areas.
Largemouth Bass: Fishing has been slow with only a few anglers catching fish.  The “Tennessee Rig” has been the most used bait.
Smallmouth Bass: See largemouth.
Walleye: A few upper reservoir fish have reportedly been caught while bumping jigs along the main river bottom.  No observations.
Sauger: A few anglers have caught very few fish while bumping jigs along the bottom.
Crappie: Most crappie have been suspended in deep bays.  Minnows and/or jigs have been the baits used.  In just a few areas, anglers have caught crappie shallow under a float.  Look for warm water drainage areas.
Catfish: Drifters using meaty baits in or near the main channel have caught the most fish.
Striped bass:  Some striped have been caught by just a few targeting them.  Most fish that have been caught were caught by bass anglers using the “Tennessee Rig”.



Fishing Report From The TRWA

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: 681.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 62 degrees. Largemouth Bass: Grass mats and grass edges along large flats seem to be better than other areas. Frogs, buzzbaits, plastic ... (click for more)

2015-16 Sport Fish Regulations To Be Set During October Commission Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will establish the 2015-16 sport fish regulations during its October meeting. The meeting will be held in Greeneville on Wednesday-Thursday, at the General Morgan Inn.  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division presented changes in the sport fish proclamation during a preview at the August TFWC meeting. The proposals ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Not Everything Has Been Done To Save Hutcheson

I am a resident of Walker County and I have a personal belief that a hospital ranks equal to other basic services a community should offer (like police, fire, emergency services, school systems, government, etc.). I am not privy to all the management and financial conundrums concerning the feasibility of maintaining and growing Hutcheson, and as a private citizen I don’t believe ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pete Carroll’s Philosophy

Pete Carroll, the head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has a deep belief that he can change people by simply listening to them and then making suggestions on how they can get what they really want. If the people Carroll who can influence win, Carroll wins, and remember his team won last year’s Super Bowl with his methods.   When asked for example, here is what ... (click for more)