Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, May 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: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 76 degrees in the shallow water, cooler in the river.

Largemouth Bass: Just a few bass yet to spawn. Most are post-spawners. Secondary waters around points and ledges averaging 10 feet deep will be the areas anglers need to search. Plastic worms and jigs are the better baits.

Smallmouth Bass: River bluffs on the lower end and most tailwater areas on the upper reservoir should be the target area. Crankbaits and jigs offer the better opportunities.

Crappie: The easier crappie bite is over.  Search in deeper secondary areas around blowdowns or other structure.  Minnows and/or jigs are being used.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish while using live bait, jigs, and topwater lures.

Bluegill: The shallows are loaded with bluegill. Look for spawning areas and use small jigs, spinners, worms or crickets.

Catfish: River and big water secondary anglers are catching fish. Many are being caught near rocky banks. Shad and other meaty baits are being used.

 

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 77 degrees; lake is slowly falling.

Bass:  Lots of bass are being caught on flukes, while fishing shallow cover in the creeks. 

Pan fish:  Lots of bluegill and shellcrackers are being caught in gravel pockets on worms and crickets in 5 feet of water.

Walleye:  Several walleye are being caught on points and bluffs on jerkbaits in 5-10 feet of water. 

 

Great Falls:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 76 degrees. Lake is falling.

Bass:  Bass fishing is fair while flipping soft-plastics around woody cover in 2-5 feet of water.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is excellent while fishing small jigs around shallow woody cover in 2-5 feet of water.

Musky:  Musky fishing is good with several nice fish being caught in the rivers on shallow running crankbaits and large jerkbaits.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.5 feet. The water surface temperature is in the 70’s. Warmer water can be found in the sloughs and cooler water can be found in the river. 

Largemouth Bass: Many anglers are catching bass in post-spawn areas while using jigs or worms. Topwater lures are being used by many anglers. 12 feet of water and less is the target area for most anglers.

Smallmouth Bass: Gradual sloping rocks near deep secondary waters or along the river are areas anglers are locating fish. Crankbaits, jigs and worms are the baits anglers are choosing. 

Walleye: No observations. A few reported walleye are being caught mostly at night. The reports seem to indicate jigs may be the better bait.

Crappie: Look for deeper secondary water with structure and target these areas with minnows or jigs. 

Catfish: Fish large water areas near the bank along rocky areas with shad, chicken parts, or most meaty baits.

Striped bass: Shad and the tailwater near Ft. Loudon Dam is the combination for increasing the odds of hooking up with a Watts Bar striper.  The Clinch River anglers are catching a few throwing topwater lures in many areas above Kingston.


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