Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, May 23, 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: 682.4. The water surface temperature on Sunday was 67 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Some spawners were observed in the most recent days, however most bass seem to be heading out to deeper water. 8 to 10 feet of water along grass edges seems to be the best depth to locate bass.

Crankbaits, plastic worms, and jigs are being used for bait.
Smallmouth Bass: Upper reservoir river banks near the tailgaters and rocky river banks and points down stream are the areas anglers are catching a few smallmouth. Jigs, crank baits and  live bait are being used.
Crappie: Large secondary areas in deep water channels is the type of area with the largest number of keeper crappie. Jigs and minnows are being used. Some anglers are fishing near docks.
Striped bass: Tailwater areas in combination with jigs or shad is the pattern that anglers are using.
Bluegill: A lot of big bluegill are being caught in the shallow pockets while using crickets, worms or jigs. Shellcrackers are being caught in smaller numbers in the mix.
Catfish: Some catfish are being caught in the river while using meaty baits. Current flow has not been favorable on most recent days.

Dale Hollow:   Fishing is great. Water temperature is 72 degrees; lake is falling.
Largemouth Bass:
:  lots of largemouth are being caught while flipping soft plastics around woody cover in the creeks.
Smallmouth Bass: 
Sm bass: lots of sm bass are being caught on slimbaits and livebaits while fishing points and flats in 5-15 feet of water.
  lots of catfish are being caught on trotlines and snoodles while fishing in the mid section of lake.
  lots of walleye are being caught while casting and trolling deep running crankbaits in 5-15 feet of water.
  Several bluegill and shellcrackers are being caught on nightcrawlers while fishing spawning bads in 5-10 feet of water.

Great Falls:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 71 degrees; lake is fairly stable.
 Lots of bass are being caught on topwater baits while fishing shallow woody cover near the shore.
:  Several crappie are being caught on small jigs while fishing laydown trees in 5-10 feet of water.
  A few nice musky are being caught in the head of the rivers on large jerkbaits and crankbaits in 5-10 feet of water.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 741.1. The water surface temperature was 66 degrees on Sunday.

Largemouth Bass: Limits of bass are coming easy. Big fish a little harder. Topwater lures, jigs, and worms are being used in offshore secondary areas and near docks. One bass was spotted spawning in Rock Quarry Slough.
Smallmouth Bass: Large water secondary areas with chunky rocks may increase the odds of locating a few smallmouth bass. Crankbaits or creature worms may be the best lures.
Walleye: Jigs used in the waters close to Ft. Loudon Dam is the best combination for catching walleye. Night fishing will increase the odds.
Large secondary areas in deep water channels is the type of area with the largest number of keeper crappie. Jigs will work. Minnows will work better.
Catfish: Some drifters are catching catfish. Current flow has not been strong enough to create conditions conducive to good fishing. Shad is the best bait. Chicken parts are also popular baits.
Striped bass: Tailwater areas below Ft. Loudon Dam and the Clinch River are the waters anglers are fishing with jigs, topwater lures and shad to catch a few fish and at times a lot of fish.

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