Fishing Report From The TWRA

Thursday, June 12, 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: 682.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in many areas.

Largemouth Bass: Ledges, humps, and isolated structure in the primary waters and large water secondary locations while using spoons, jigs, crankbaits and plastics are the techniques for the best chance of catching the heaviest stringers.
Smallmouth Bass: Creature lures on the extreme upper reservoir and bluff walls below Sequoyah will offer the greater opportunity of hooking up. Recent days have been hit or miss with more misses than hits.
Spotted Bass:
Small crankbaits used along rocky banks on the river has allowed more spotted fish to be caught.
Crappie:
Big secondary water ledges with structure, docks, or current breaks on the main channel by those using minnows or jigs are winning combinations. Some night fishing near lights has been productive.
Striped bass:
North Carolina guide clients were all hooked up on Friday’s tailwater run. Use shad for bait.
Bluegill:
Some shallow water bluegill are being caught. Many are moving into deeper areas along river humps. Crickets or worms give the same end result.
Catfish:
Drifters in the main channel use shad for the best results and those less energetic types use any other meaty baits.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 80 degrees; lake is fairly stable. 

Walleye:  Lots of walleye are being caught while casting jerkbaits and trolling jerkbaits on points and sloping banks in 15 feet of water.
Smallmouth Bass:
  Several smallmouth are being caught at night on jigs and spinnerbaits while fishing points in 5-to-10 feet of water.
Largemouth:
  Lots of largemouth are being caught on channelbanks on laydown trees while fishing soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 5-to-10 feet of water.
Trout:  A few trout are being caught while trolling spoons in 20 feet of water near the dam. 
Bluegill:  Lots of bluegill are being caught on nightcrawlers and crickets while fishing flats in 10 feet of water. 

Great Falls:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 80 degrees; lake is fairly stable.

Bass:
  A few bass are being caught early in the morning and late in the afternoon on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.
Musky:
 A few musky have been caught on topwater baits while fishing woody cover on the main channel.
Crappie:
  A few fish are being caught while fishing jigs around laydown trees in 10 feet of water.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 741.1 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in most areas of the main channel.

Largemouth Bass: some fish are being caught along main lake humps or ledges. It seems the big secondary areas along points or ledges is attracting the greater amount of attention. The usual summer lures are being used. That really means anything that can be worked deep.
Smallmouth Bass:
Smallmouth are being caught occasionally by those chasing largemouth.
Walleye:
Nightcrawlers, jigs, and crankbaits are being used for bait. Anglers report more fish are caught at night.
Crappie:
Night anglers are catching the greater number of fish while using minnows underneath lights. Some crankbait trollers are tuned in to some channel ledge crappie in the large secondary waters.
Catfish:
River drifters using shad are catching the bigger catfish. Current is almost a must.
Striped bass:
Clinch River and Ft. Loudon tailwater anglers are catching some nice fish using a variety of baits or lures, but shad is the best bait. 


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