Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, August 22, 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: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in many areas.
Largemouth Bass: Some evening tournaments are being won along grass edges on the river. 20 plus pounds is winning some of these tournaments. Plastic worms is thought to be the best bait. Most anglers reservoir wide are struggling.
Smallmouth Bass: Few caught in the previous week.
Crappie: Most crappie anglers were missing in the last week. No observations and no reports.
Striped bass: The number of interested anglers in recent days has been low. A party from North Carolina is catching some fish almost everyday they are there. Most fish being caught are under 20 pounds. Shad, jigs and spoons are being used for bait.
Bluegill: Many bluegill with a mix of shell crackers are being caught by those using worms or crickets in the main channel. Upper reservoir is the better area.
Sauger:  A few sauger and walleye have been caught while trolling crankbaits. No observations but reliable sources confirm this. Tailwaters is the location.
Catfish: A lot of catfish reservoir wide are being caught. The size of fish caught is directly related to the bait being used. Any meaty concoction will work. Shad is better. Large baits catch fewer but larger fish.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 82 degrees; lake is falling fast. 
Bass:  A few bass are being caught at night on jigs and soft plastics and spinnerbaits while fishing points and drops in 15-to-20 feet of water.
Walleye:  A few walleye are being caught near Willow Grove while trolling at night on flats.

Dale Hollow tailwaters: Fisherman are having great success on Fridays after stocking has occurred. A few nice trout are being caught downstream in periods of no flow on flies. 

Great Falls:  fishing is slow. Lake is at summer pool. Water temperature is 82 degrees.
Bass:
  A few bass are being caught early in the morning and laste in the evening  on topwater baits while chasing shad.
Bluegill:
  A few bluegill are being caught around docks on nightcrawlers and crickets in 10 feet of water.

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 83 degrees in many areas.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are not catching a lot of fish. Summer patterns prevail. Crankbaits, plastic worms, and jigs are being used more often. Night, early and late in the day is the best time to fish.
Smallmouth Bass: Most anglers are not catching many. Most smallmouth are caught by those targeting largemouth or just bass.
Walleye: No observations. A report from an angler suggest a few may be caught in the tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam at night while using jigs or crankbaits.
Crappie: No observations. Reports of a few night lighters catching some crappie using minnows or jigs. Large secondary waters or bluff walls in the large secondary areas will increase the odds of catching a few.
Catfish: Anglers using the right bait in the right area can catch all the catfish they want to catch. Smaller meaty baits will catch more and larger baits catch larger fish. Worms, crawlers, shrimp, “Ivory” soap, shad, bluegill, chicken parts, frankfurters, and cheese are just a few suggestions. 
Striped bass: Some days are better than others. 35 being caught was the largest number  reported this week. Shad or jigs were used. Bucktail jigs green and white in color were being used.

 

 


2015-16 Sport Fishing Regulations Postponed Until December Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission postponed decisions on the 2015-16 sport fish regulations until its December meeting. The action came during the commission’s Oct. 29-20 meeting held in Greeneville at the General Morgan Hotel Conference Center. The TFWC also proposed an amendment to the sport fishing regulations (proclamation 14-17) that would change regulations to ... (click for more)

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Announces New Strategic Plan To Ensure A Bright Future

The  Appalachian Trail Conservancy   has announced a five-year strategic plan that will advance the health and long-term management of the Appalachian Trail. The plan, which was the culmination of a two-year collaborative process between the ATC and the ATC’s board of directors, is a vision and strategy that will build on the organization’s stewardship of the trail ... (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)