Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, May 2, 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: 681.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 69 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Many bass are being caught. Bass are in all the spawning stages. Baits that can be used in shallow water are the lures to use. Plastic worms fit that category. Several heavy fish are being caught.

Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching the most on jigs or crank baits along the banks and near the rock piles. Crankbaits are being used.

Crappie: Shallow water anglers are catching a few. Some crappie are moving out into offshore brush. Minnows or jigs will be the baits to use.

Striped bass: Some big fish are being caught on jigs, jerk baits, and the “Rig” in the tailwaters.

Bluegill: Drifters in shallow water and those in shallow water pockets for are catching plenty of fish while using crickets or worms.

Catfish: Suspended cats are being caught most often in the river while using meaty baits.  Current is helpful.


Dale Hollow:  Fishing is great.  Water temperature is 67 degrees. Lake is rising.

Bass: Lots of bass are being caught on top water baits, spinners, and soft plastics while fishing shallow willows in the creeks and shallow pockets.

Crappie:  Fishing is great. Lots of crappie are being caught in the willows on minnows in the lower end of the lake. 

Walleye:  Fishing is good. Several are being caught on jerk baits and crankbaits on steep banks in 5-to-10 feet of water.

Bluegill:  Several bluegill and shellcrackers are being caught on nightcrawlers and crickets in 5 feet of water in shallow gravel pockets.

Great Falls:  Fishing is great.  Water temperature is 67 degrees; lake is rising

Bass:  A few bass are being caught on spinnerbaits and soft plastics while fishing shallow cover in 2-to-5 feet of water.

Crappie:  lots of crappie are being caught around laydown trees on small jigs in 2-5 feet of water.

Musky:  Some nice musky have been caught in the heads of the rivers on large crank baits in 5-10 feet of water.

Watts Bar:

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 739.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Plenty of largemouth are being caught shallow along shallow river flats and in the sloughs. Different stages of the spawn is allowing anglers to catch fish at various locations and depths. Spinnerbaits and plastic worms are being used.

Smallmouth Bass: Shallow gravel banks in the sloughs and sloping banks leading into the same is one type of area being targeted. Points near these areas are also targeted by many anglers. Crankbaits are being used more than other baits.

Walleye: No observations. Some reports of nice fish being caught at night.

Crappie: Shallow water crappie are being caught while using minnows or jigs near stumps or brush.  Some open water crappie are still being caught in the larger creeks.

Catfish: Many catfish are being caught in some areas while using meaty baits,

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish while using jigs, shad and the “Rig”

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