Fishing Report From The TWRA

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Here is the fishing report from 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 in the low 80’s during the day and in the upper 70’s early in the day and in the tailwaters.
Largemouth Bass: Main channel areas or places adjacent to the same. Fish grass edges and open water structure with plastic worms, crankbaits, spoons and jigs. 
Smallmouth Bass: Some upper reservoir and lower lake fish are being caught. Jigs and crankbaits are being used most often.
Crappie: Most are being caught at night near light while using minnows, “Roostertails", and jigs.
Striped bass: Tailwater and cool water outlets are areas where fish are being caught. Shad, jigs, and some topwater fish are being caught. Smaller numbers of fish being caught than the previous week.
Bluegill: River shoal drifters are catching plenty while using crickets or worms. 
Catfish: Plenty of catfish are being caught in many areas of the river on meaty baits.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 82; lake is falling. 
Bass:
A few bass are being caught at night on jigs and spinnerbaits and soft plastics while fishing points in 10-to-20 feet of water. 
Walleye:  A few walleye are being caught near Cedar Hill while jigging spoons in 30-to-35 feet of water on clay banks.
Trout:
  A few trout are being caught near the dam while trolling with downriggers in 50 feet of water.

Dale Hollow tailwaters:  Fishing is good. 
Trout:  Several small trout are being caught near the dam on flies and live bait while fishing in period of no flow.  Nicer trout are being caught with flies in Petermans Bend in periods of no flow.

Great Falls:  Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 82 degrees. 
Bass:  Lots of bass are being caught at night while fishing soft plastics around tops and laydown trees in 10 feet of water.
Musky:
  A few musky are still being caught while trolling deep running crankbaits near 111 Bridge.

Watts Bar:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.8 feet. The water surface temperature is upper 70’s and lower 80’s depending on time of day and location.
Largemouth Bass:
Slower than in previous weeks. Main channel and open water secondary structure locations associated with summer patterns are being targeted with plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits.
Smallmouth Bass:
These bass are being caught in the same areas as largemouth, night hours may increase the chances of catching a smallmouth.
Crappie:
Fish under lights at night with jigs or minnows.
Catfish:
Main channel drifters using shad or other meaty alternatives are catching a lot of fish. Some Ft. Loudon Dam tailwater anglers are catching as many as 50 catfish in a morning. Salad shrimp from Ingles was offering being given to the catfish by a successful angler.
Striped bass:
Tailwaters are the main area to target with anything as long it is a shad. The numbers are not as strong as last week. Many 6 and 7 pound fish are being caught.


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