Fishing Report From The TWRA

Friday, August 8, 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. Fish grass edges along the main channel. Topwater late and early. Plastic worms are the top choice. Mid lake may be better.
Smallmouth Bass: Occasional fish caught upriver while using jigs or crankbaits.
Crappie: Fair. Some trollers are catching crappie in the large secondary areas using crankbaits. Some docks and jigs in combination are working for a few crappie to be caught.
Striped bass: Sporadic activity. Shad, jigs, topwater lures, and spoons are being used for bait. 
Bluegill: Good. Drifters in the main channel are catching many bluegill and shellcrackers are heavily in the mix near the tailwaters. Use worms.
Catfish: Good. Drift the main channel with any meaty bait.

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.

Tale 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.
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: 741.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.
Largemouth Bass:
Good. Main lake or big water structure and features typically associated with summer patterns are the most popular. Crankbaits, plastic worms, jigs and spoons are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Caught in the same areas as largemouth. The odds may increase while fishing at night. Slow rolled spinnerbaits are popular.
Walleye: No reports that are favorable. Night is the best time. Fish the tailwaters.
Crappie: Good. Night under the lights while using minnows or jigs.
Catfish: River drifters are catching several especially in the tailwaters while using a variety of meaty baits.
Striped bass: Good. Shad in the tailwaters. Some days the bite is on and other days it is difficult to get a bite.


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