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.


Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Shots Fired From Vehicle; Police Locate Car And Arrest 5 Youths With Guns

Chattanooga Police said shots were fired from a vehicle on Friday afternoon, then officers located the vehicle and arrested five youths with guns.   That comes after a spate of shooting violence in which two women were killed and several other people injured by bullets.   Just after 4 p.m. Friday,  officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded ... (click for more)

City Considering Measure That Would Require City Employees To Be Tennessee Residents

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would require city employees to be residents of the state of Tennessee. The city has employees who live in North Georgia and North Alabama and that is allowed.  If the ordinance is approved by the City Council, it still would need to be okayed by a majority of city voters in an election. The measure will be considered ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)