Fishing Report From The TWRA

Monday, May 5, 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 69 degrees early and warming to 77 degrees late in the day.

Largemouth Bass: Most fish are shallow. Creature lures, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are the better baits. This past week there were some 10 and 11 pound fish caught.

Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching smallmouth along the banks and around open water structure. Jigs, crankbaits and plastic worms are being used most often.

Crappie: Crappie are being caught around brush in shallow areas. Crappie are not as easy to locate as they were a week or so ago. Minnows and/or jigs offer equal opportunities.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching a lot of fish while using live bait, jigs, jerkbaits, and “Tennessee Rigs”. 

Bluegill: Shallow water in combination with worms or crickets is the key to catching a lot of bluegill. Large numbers of bluegill are in the shallows.

Shellcracker:  Some bedders are being caught. Large numbers of shellcrackers being caught isn’t occurring very often. Small jigs, worms, and crickets are the best baits.

Catfish: Drifters in the river are catching a few catfish. A large number of fish are in the shallows. Meaty baits from various sources are being used.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 68 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 68 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: 740.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 69 degrees and warming to 76 degrees later in the day.

Largemouth Bass: Shallow fish are being caught most often. Many bedding fish can be observed. Plastic worms and jigs are being used more than other lures.

Smallmouth Bass: Shallow banks with a gradual slope around chunky rocks and stumps would be an area to start the search. Jigs or crank baits are being used.

Walleye: Reports are that tailwater anglers are catching some walleye at night on jigs.

Crappie: Shallow water and deeper areas leading into the same are being fished while using jigs or minnows for bait. The number of crappie being caught has slowed a little. This season has been a very good year for many anglers.

Catfish: Drifters in the creeks and sloughs are catching the most while using shad for bait.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching several fish while using shad for bait.

 


3 Rivers Longbeards NWTF Chapter To Host Youth Event On Aug. 8 At TWRA Office In Morristown

Young people ages five to 17 and their parents or guardians are invited to enjoy a day of outdoor fun at the TWRA Region IV Office in Morristown on  Aug. 8,  from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Three Rivers Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will host the Allen Ricks Memorial JAKES Day event. Allen Ricks was the TWRA  Region IV Information ... (click for more)

TVA Issues River Traffic Caution On Tennessee River At South Pittsburg

The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a river traffic caution from  July 27 until Aug. 1,  for transmission line construction at Tennessee River Mile 417.3 near South Pittsburg, Tenn. TVA transmission crews will be installing new transmission lines across the river approximately one mile south of the Highway 156 bridge. Work will be occurring daily between  ... (click for more)

Assessor Of Property Bill Bennett Will Not Seek Re-Election

Bill Bennett, a longtime fixture in Hamilton County government, announced Monday that he plans to retire at the end of his current term as assessor of property. Mr. Bennett said, "After careful thought, prayer and encouragement from my family, I have made the decision to retire at the end of my current term and not place my name on the ballot for assessor of property in the 2016 ... (click for more)

Funeral Service For Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith Is Tuesday

The funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe.   Petty Officer Smith is the last of the five servicemen, and the second in Chattanooga, to be buried after the attack on July 16.   Parking at the church is reserved for family and friends of the Smith family. The public ... (click for more)

What Is #NoogaStrong

I've seen some recent posts asking exactly what Chattanooga Strong means. This week I have seen enough that I believe I can give you a definition of this glorious word.   As a city everyone will not always get along or agree. Often we may ask ourselves what is wrong with these nuts. Often we run across the rude, crude and ugly. But when tragic happens, we all come together ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)