Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Here is the weekly fishing report from the TWRA:

Chickamauga Reservoir: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 682.8 feet. The water surface temperature is in the low 80’s.
Largemouth Bass: Shallow water bass are being caught. Slightly deeper areas in pockets or along banks are places that are being targeted. The large water ledges and points along the main channel are being targeted. Crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms, and swim baits are the most used baits. The lack of current most times made fishing unpredictable and difficult during the Bassmaster Tournament. The largest bass weighed in at any Bassmaster event this year was weighed in at Point Park in Dayton this past week. The bass was over 10 pounds.
Smallmouth Bass: A few are being caught mostly by those targeting other species.
Spotted Bass: Those anglers in search of largemouth bass are catching a few spots.
Crappie: Most crappie are being caught at night under lights while using minnows for bait.
Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching plenty of fish while using shad for bait.
Bluegill: A lot of fish are being caught along shallow pockets that are near creek channels, around docks, and on bluff walls by those using worms or crickets for bait. 
Catfish: The main channel is the location catfish are being caught in combination with meaty baits. Numbers of fish caught are lower when the current is unfavorable.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is great.  Water temperature is 82 degrees; lake is falling. 
Bass:  Lots of bass are being caught at night on jigs, spinnerbaits and soft plastics while fishing points and deep banks in 10-to-15 feet of water at night.
Walleye:  Several walleye are being caught while trolling deep running crankbaits in 15-to-20 feet of water on clay banks. 
Bluegill:  Several bluegill are being caught while fishing with crickets and night crawlers on bluffs in 15 feet of water. 

Great Falls:  Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 82 degrees; lake is fairly stable. 
Bass:  A few bass are being caught at night on soft plastics around shallow cover in 5-to-10 feet of water. 
Musky:  Musky fishing is fair. A few musky are being caught on large crank baits while fishing flats in 10 feet of water.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 740.9 feet. The water surface temperature is in the low 80’s.
Largemouth Bass:
Deeper secondary ledges and shallow primary points are targeted locations. Some topwater fish are being caught in the early hours in shallow pockets. Most other baits being used are plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits. The fish seem to be holding back and waiting for warmer water to proceed to the deeper primary waters.
Smallmouth Bass:
Anglers are catching more smallmouth at night along deeper rocky secondary banks, especially at night. Sloping rocky river banks are also good for smallmouth. Single bladed spinnerbaits and jigs are being used more than other lures.
Spotted Bass:
Most anglers are catching these fish while targeting largemouth bass.
Walleye:
No recent reports.
Crappie:
More crappie are being caught at night under lights by those using minnows.
Catfish:
Meaty baits from most sources are being used in the channel. Current will increase the number of fish being caught.
Striped bass:
Shad and the tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam and Melton Hill Dam are the combinations that are being used.
White Bass: These fish are being caught along main lake humps on spinner-type lures during favorable current conditions.


Alexander: Tennessee Receives $10 Million For Foothills Parkway To Improve Access To The Smokies

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a $10 million federal transportation grant he supported will help complete a 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Blount and Sevier counties, improving access to the federally owned and operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park and “enhancing tourism and economic development” in East Tennessee. “I grew up hiking, ... (click for more)

5th Permit For 2016 Elk Hunt To Be Auctioned On Ebay, July 28-Aug. 7

The fifth permit for participation in Tennessee’s eighth managed elk hunt will be awarded to the successful bidder in an eBay auction to be held from July 28-Aug 7. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state’s elk restoration program. Since the elk hunt was implemented in 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Beck Upset By Criticism Of Late WWTA Director Cleveland Grimes In WWTA Analysis; Boyd Won't Rewrite 57-Page Report

County Commissioner Greg Beck said it was inappropriate for fellow Commissioner Tim Boyd to include articles critical of the late Cleveland Grimes in a 57-page report on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority. He said, "Criticizing a dead man - I don't know if that's appropriate. If that's Christianity, let me off the wagon." Saying the report should ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)