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.


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