Fishing Report From The TWRA

Tuesday, September 2, 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: Fair. The number of anglers and caught fish are lower. Rats and plastic worms used in the grass along the bigger water is the best technique.

Smallmouth Bass: Just a few are being caught. The tailwater is the best place. Jigs or crank baits will are the best baits.

Crappie: Fair. Docks during the day and lights at night are the areas to locate while using jigs or minnows.

Striped bass: Good. The tailwater area is the place. Shad, jigs, and spoons are the enticers needed. Some days the numbers caught are high.

Bluegill: Great. Drifters in the main channel of the upper reservoir are catching a lot of fish while using worms or crickets. 

Catfish: Good. A lot of fish are being caught while drifting the main channel with meaty baits from various sources. Most anglers are catching smaller 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.

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 82 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. The lake and ramps have been nearly void of fishermen. Those anglers on the water are targeting large water areas with slow moving baits.  
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Big water areas and slow moving baits are the combination being used.
Crappie: Fair. A few anglers are fishing at night under some light source. Minnows or jigs are being used for bait.

Catfish: Good. Main channel drifters are catching a lot of catfish. The type and size of bait helps determine the size of fish that may be caught.

Striped bass: Good. Shad, spoons, or jigs are being used to catch a lot of fish. Most are under 10 pounds.


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