Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, July 11, 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 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees in many areas.
Largemouth Bass: A few ledge and point fish are being caught while using lures conducive to the topography. Cooler weather seems to be pulling some of those fish toward the bank. Grass edges along the deeper water is the better area. Plastic worms are being used and some early and late topwater bites are occurring. 
Smallmouth Bass: Not many reports.
Crappie:
More crappie are being caught at night in large water secondary areas under the lights while using minnows or jigs. Some dock pitchers are catching a few fish.
Striped bass: The number of anglers in the tailwaters has been low, but an out of town guide was able to keep his clients busy with striped bass. Shad was the bait that was used.
Bluegill: Crickets and worms are being used along ledges, humps, and bluffs mainly in the river to catch a lot of bluegill. 
Catfish: Main channel drifters are using meaty baits along the bottom to catch catfish. Shad is at the top of the bait list.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is great. Water temperature is 85 degrees; lake is falling.
Walleye:
Several are being caught at night while trolling deep running crankbaits over flats in 28 feet of water.  Also, lots of walleye are being caught near Cedar Hill in the day time while jigging spoons in 32 feet of water.
Bass:  Bass fishing is good at night while fishing soft plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits on points in 15 feet of water.
Bluegill:  Several bluegill are being caught on the bluffs with crickets in 25 feet of ater.

Dale Hollow Tailwater: (Obey River):  Fishing is good.
Trout:  Several trout are being caught near the hatchery on flies and corn.  Some real nice trout are being caught downstream on spoons and flies in 5-10 feet of water.

Great Falls: fishing is slow.  Wat is 84 degrees; lake is high.  A few bass are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chansing shad early in the morning.
Bluegill:  Lots of bluegill are being caught on crickets and nightcrawlers while fishing bluffs in 15 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 80 degrees in a lot of areas.
Largemouth Bass: Primary and secondary points, ledges, and humps are being fished with jigs, plastic worms, spoons and crankbaits. A few topwater fish are being caught late and early in the day.
Smallmouth Bass: Most are being caught by those anglers targeting bass and not smallmouth in particular. Slowed rolled spinnerbaits may increase the odds of catching a smallmouth.
Walleye: No reports or observations.
Crappie:
Most crappie are being caught at night while fishing near lights while using minnows.
Catfish: Drifters in the main channel especially when the current is moving are using a variety of meaty baits and catching plenty of catfish.
Striped bass: Slower than normal. Tailwater anglers are catching just a few. Cooler than normal water temperatures in the tailwaters may be keeping the numbers a bit lower for now.


Emerging Snake Disease Confirmed In Wild Georgia Snake

A disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia. An emaciated mud snake from Bulloch County tested positive last month for Snake Fungal Disease, according to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. The mud snake is the first free-ranging snake from Georgia that the Athens-based ... (click for more)

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat For 3 Endangered Plants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating critical habitat for three endangered plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee  This critical habitat designation becomes final on September 25, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  The plants, which were listed as endangered, on Aug. 1, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)