Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, August 15, 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: 682.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Over 20 pounds is winning most evening tournaments. Plastic worms and crankbaits are being used along the grass edges, humps, points, and ledges mostly in the primary areas.

Smallmouth Bass: Good. Upper reservoir anglers are catching a few mainly while targeting other species. Crankbaits, swim baits and jigs are the main lures being used. 
Spotted Bass:
Most are being caught while targeting largemouth.
Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs used near lights at night, select docks and open water brush are the areas being targeted.
Striped bass: Good. Sporadic activity. Some days are better than others. Most caught fish are under 10 pounds 
Bluegill: Good. River drifters especially in the upper end are catching a lot of fish while using worms. In the extreme upper end there is a heavy mix of shellcrackers. 
Catfish: Good. Bigger catfish are not being caught as often this week, but a lot of smaller fish are being caught. Chicken parts, worms, shrimp, shad and other baits are being used.

Dale Hollow: Fishing is fair; Water temperature is 83 degrees; lake is falling. 
Several bass are still being caught at night on soft plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits on points in 20 feet of water.
Walleye:  Several walleye are being caught while jigging spoons near the dam in 32 feet of water.  A few walleye are being caught near Willow Grove while trolling 28 feet of water.

Dale Hollow Tailwaters: 
Fishing is good. 
Several small trout are being caught near the dam on corn and flies in periods of no- flow.  Better trout are being caught downstream near the Island on flies.

Great Falls:   Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 83 degrees; river is in summer pool.
Bass:  A few bass are being caught at night while using soft plastics on channel banks in 15 feet of water.
Bluegill:  A few bluegill are being caught on crickets and nightcrawlers in 15 feet of water on bluffs.

Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions:
Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 741.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees.
Largemouth Bass:
Good. Plastic worms and jigs are being used more than other baits. Primary waters and large secondary around humps and ledges offers the great opportunity.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Most are being caught while fishing for largemouth.
White bass: Good. Some surface breaking is occurring. Topwater lures are being used. Humps that break at 15 feet and drop into 25 to 30 feet of water in the primary areas are the best waters to locate. Use spinner-type lures.
Walleye: No reports.
Crappie: Use lights, minnows or jigs, in combination at night.
Catfish: Good. Large water areas in the river and meaty baits will offer the best opportunity.
Striped bass: Good at times. 35 caught by a party early Wednesday in the Ft. Loudon Tailwaters. Shad is the best bait.


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