Fishing Report From The TWRA

Thursday, July 17, 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 85 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Deep summer structure related bass and some shallow water bass are being caught. Topwater bites are occurring frequently during low light hours. Plastic worms and football jigs are being used in all areas.


Smallmouth Bass: Bluffs on the lower end and banks on the upper end in combination with crank baits and jigs. Some night fish are being caught also.
Walleye: Reports of tailwater fish coming on crankbaits. Slack water areas were targeted.
Crappie: Some day crappie are coming from community hole docks. Jigs are being used most often. Night light anglers are catching fish in the large secondary waters by dipping minnows.
Striped bass: Feast or famine. Some days none are caught. Other days numerous fish are caught on a variety of baits or lures. The best bait is a shad.
Bluegill: Upper reservoir river drifters are catching a lot of bluegill with just a few shellcrackers in the mix. Worms, crickets.
Catfish: A lot of catfish are being caught. Bigger and bulkier baits are catching larger and fewer fish while the smaller baits are catching numbers. An example of each would be a shad measuring 8 inches and a salad shrimp bought at Kroger.

Dale Hollow:   Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 85 degrees; lake is slowly falling. 
Bass:  Lots of bass are being caught at night on points and grassbeds on jigs, spinnerbaits and soft plastics in 10-to-20 feet of water.
Walleye:  Walleye fishing is great while trolling from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the lower end of the lake with deep running crankbaits in 30 feet.  Also, lots of walleye are being caught in the mid- section of the lake while trolling grassflats in 25-to-28 feet of water.

Dale Hollow tailwaters:  Fishing is good. 
Trout:  Several small trout are being caught near the dam on flies and natural bait.  The better fish are being caught two miles down stream from the dam on flies and spinners.

Great Falls:  fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 85 degrees; lake is summer pool. 
Bass: 
A few bass are being caught late in the afternoon and at night on soft plastics while fishing laydown cover in10-15 feet of water. 
Bluegill:  A few bluegill are being caught while fishing night crawlers and crickets in 10 feet of water on flat banks.

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 84 degrees.
Largemouth Bass:
Points, humps, and ledges are summer favorite targets. Anglers are catching fish while using plastic worms, jigs and crankbaits. Runoff areas are being fished when the storms move in and some shallow water fish are being caught in these areas.
Smallmouth Bass: These fish are being caught by those anglers targeting largemouth. 
Walleye: No observations but some reports of tailwater fish being caught while trolling crankbaits.
Crappie: Most are being caught while using minnows at night under the lights.
Catfish: Many fish are being caught by river drifters using meaty baits.
Striped bass: Hit or miss. An angler reported catching as many as 50 on one morning up to 30 pounds. The next morning that same angler caught one fish.

 

 

 


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