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Region:: TWRA Region 1 Office, TWRA West Tennessee


Region 1 Fishing Report - No Report This Week

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Region:: TWRA Region 3 Office, TWRA Cumberland Plateau


July 19, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 682.58 feet. The water surface temperature is in the mid 80’s.

Crappie: Fish docks with jigs, fish under lights at night on steep banks, or fish above trees or brush 20 feet deep on steep banks while using jigs or minnows.

Smallmouth Bass: More smallmouths are being caught below Watts Bar Dam than other locations. Fishing during the late or early hours will increase the odds of catching fish. Crankbaits are being used more often than the alternatives.

Largemouth Bass: Humps, points, and main lake ledges are targets when the current is flowing. Crankbaits, swimbaits, and plastic worms are being used. Some bass are being caught around the grass on flats located adjacent to the main channel.

Striped bass: Fish the tailwater with swimbaits or jigs.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Most fish are being caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs.

Catfish: Current is needed. Drift the main channel. Use meaty baits.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 633.02 feet. The water temperature is in the mid 80’s.

Largemouth Bass: Drop shotting is a technique being used in deep water. Most of these areas are located near the channel. Grass beds located near the channel are also being targeted by anglers using spinnerbaits or plastic worms.

Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught in the upper river or tailwaters. Night fishing is the better time to catch fish.

Spotted Bass: Several spotted bass are being caught in the upper reservoir. Crankbaits are being used most often.

Crappie: No observations.

Catfish: Many fish are being caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Shad will be the best choice. Some big fish are being caught.

Bluegill: Use crickets or worms around steep banks in the river for the better results.


Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 86 degrees. The water level is at 650 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught at night on jigs on points in 18-22 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Several big sacks of largemouths are being caught while fishing drops in 20 feet of water on soft plastics.

Walleye: Lots of nice walleye are being caught near the dam while jigging spoons on points in 28 feet of water. Also night crawler rigs are very productive too.

Trout: A few trout are being caught with down riggers while trolling spoons in 50 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 78 degrees.

Black Bass: Lots of largemouths are being caught on topwater baits and flipping on deeper banks.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught on jigs on river channel bluffs near the dam.

White Bass: A few white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits in 10 feet of water.

Bluegill: Lots of bluegills are being caught on river channel banks with crickets and night crawlers in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on night crawlers in 5-10 feet of water.




July 12, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 681.99 feet. The water surface temperature is in the low 80’s.

Crappie: Fish docks with jigs or fish under lights at night on steep banks while using jigs or minnows. Same as last week.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing steep banks on the lower reservoir and top water lures during low light hours is a working combination. Tailwater anglers are catching a few fish while using a variety of lures. Night is the best time to hook up with a smallie.

Largemouth Bass: Locate main lake humps or ledges with irregular features. All summer lures normally used deep would be included in the average angler’s arsenal. Some fish are being caught in shallow grass adjacent to the large water. These fish are mostly worm fish.

Striped bass: Almost all fish are being caught in the tailwater while using jigs, swimbaits or shad.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Most fish are being caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs.

Catfish: Current is needed. Drift the main channel. Use shad, bluegill, chicken meat (livers or chopped breasts), shrimp or almost any meaty bait. Some folks use cheese or “Ivory” soap.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 633.75 feet. The water temperature is in the lower 80’s.

Largemouth Bass: Open water adjacent to the main channel is an area where fish are being caught. Look for irregular features in these open water locations. Some anglers are catching fish in the grass near the channel. The number of fish being caught is lower than in previous weeks.

Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught in the upper river or tailwaters. Use your favorite lure.

Spotted Bass: Several spotted bass are being caught in the upper reservoir.
Crankbaits are being used most often.

Crappie: Few reports of crappie being caught and no observations this week.

Catfish: Many fish are being caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Shad will be the best choice. Some big fish are being caught.

Bluegill: Use crickets or worms around steep banks for the better results.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 83 degrees. The water level is at 650 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught at night on jigs on points in 15-20 feet of water. They are also being caught in the mornings on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught at night while fishing brush and grass in 15-20 feet of water on soft plastics.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling night crawler rigs on flats in 26 feet of water.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 45-50 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 80 degrees and the water level is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several good bass are being caught while flipping soft plastics on river channel flats in 5-10 feet of water.

White Bass: A few white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits in 10 feet of water.

Bluegill: Several bluegills are being caught on channel banks with crickets and night crawlers in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on night crawlers in 5-10 feet of water.




June 28, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 681.78 feet. The water surface temperature is 75 degrees in many areas. Some shallow areas are 80 degrees.

Crappie: Few anglers are trying to catch crappie right now. Those that are target docks and steep creek bluffs with blowdowns. Minnows and jigs are being used with equal results. Some anglers are catching fish around lights at night.

Smallmouth Bass: Some fish are being caught around rock walls or bluffs. The majority are being caught during low light hours. Top water lures and crankbaits are being used most often.

Largemouth Bass: Humps and ledges on the main lake are being visited often by those anglers using crankbaits, plastic worms, or swimbaits. The problem is the heavy traffic in these areas, too many boats and too few community holes.

Striped bass: Some trophy fish are being caught while using shad or swimbaits. Go to the tailwaters.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Most fish are being caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs.

Catfish: A lot of drifters are catching a lot of fish. Shrimp was a hit this past week. Those baiting with shrimp caught a lot of fish but not the giants sometimes caught while using skipjack.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 634.04 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Some bay fish are being caught. The areas with the main interest are on the channel. Irregular features along the edge of the channel are holding fish. Plastic worms are as good as anything.

Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught in the upper river or tailwaters. Jigs or crankbaits are being used.

Spotted Bass: A lot of spotted bass are being caught in the tailwaters below Chickamauga Dam. Crankbaits and live bait are being used.

Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used in the upper river and tailwater in tranquil and shady water.

Catfish: Many fish are being caught. Use meaty baits. Shad will be the best choice. Some big fish are being caught.

Bluegill: Use crickets or worms around steep banks for the better results.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 81 degrees. The water level is at 650 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few big smallmouths are being caught at night on jigs on points in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught at night while fishing brush and grass in 15-20 feet of water on soft plastics.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling night crawler rigs on flats in 24 feet of water.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 45-50 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 78 degree and the water level is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several good bass are being caught while flipping soft plastics on river channel flats in 5-10 feet of water.

White Bass: A few white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits in 10 feet of water.

Bluegill: Several bluegills are being caught on channel banks with crickets and night crawlers in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on night crawlers in 5-10 feet of water.




June 21, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.88 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are located along the banks on the main channel. Humps, points and breaks downstream are holding bass. Current will increase the odds of catching some fish. Plastic worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits are being used.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Use crankbaits along the bank or around humps in the tailwater.

Crappie: Late evening or night anglers are catching fish along bluff walls in the large creeks close to the channel. Docks are also popular crappie holes. Use minnows or jigs for bait.

Striped bass: Good. Use shad, jigs or swimbaits in the tailwaters.

Bluegill: Deep rocky banks and ledges off the main channel are a couple of places bluegill can be caught. Some are spawning in a few areas. Use worms or minnows for bait.

Catfish: Good. Cut-bait is the bait of choice for many anglers. The river is the best area.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 632.5 feet to 634.5 feet. Current elevation: 632.78 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: More bass are being caught on the river. Use spinnerbaits over the grass or plastic worms in the grass.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Fish the tailwater below Chickamauga Dam. Use crankbaits or live bait.

Crappie: No reports or observations.

Catfish: Drift the main channel with meaty baits, preferably shad.

Striped bass: No recent reports or observations.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 80 degrees. The water level is falling and at 650 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught at night on jigs and spinnerbaits in 15-18 feet of water on points.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught while fishing soft plastics while fishing brush and grass in 15 feet of water.

Walleye: A few nice walleye are being caught while trolling night crawlers on flats in 22 feet of water.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: Several fish are being caught on bluffs in 20 feet of water on crickets and night crawlers.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 45 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 78 degree and the water level is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several bass are being caught while flipping undercut banks in the mid to upper section of the lake on soft plastics. Also several big fish are being caught while fishing channel drops on the lower end of the lake with crankbaits and Carolina rigs.

White Bass: Several bass are being caught near the dam while fishing crankbaits around shad.

Bluegill: Bluegill are being caught on the bluffs in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on noodles in the creeks while baiting with shad.

Walleye: A few are being caught on crankbaits on channel banks near the dam.




June 14, 2017 Fishing Report

Region 3 Fishing Report

June 14, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 682.07 feet. The water surface temperature is 75 degrees in many areas. Some shallow areas are 80 degrees.

Crappie: Boat docks and blowdowns in 8 to 20 feet of water are being targeted by most anglers. Use minnows or jigs as bait. A few trollers are catching fish in the large creeks.

Smallmouth Bass: An occasional lower reservoir fish is being caught. The greater numbers of fish are being caught in the tailwaters below Watts Bar Dam. The number of fish caught has been low. Crankbaits are being used more often than other lures.

Largemouth Bass: Fish are being caught over grass beds. Some fish are deep. Swimbaits, topwater lures, plastic worms and spinnerbaits are the most popular lures. A few fish are very shallow and other fish are on humps and ledges in the river. Current needs to be present for the river fish.

Striped bass: Live bait or swimbaits are being used to catch striped bass.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Most fish are being caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs.

Catfish: Drifters are catching some fish. Meaty baits are being used.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 633.1 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught over grass beds in the few coves on the lake. More fish are being targeted along the river banks. Plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are the favorite baits.

Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught in the upper river or tailwaters. Jigs or crankbaits are being used.

Spotted Bass: A lot of spotted bass are being caught in the tailwaters below Chickamauga Dam. Crankbaits are being used.

Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used for bait. Shady and still water in the tailwaters are areas that hold fish. Ledges downstream are also holding crappie. The better ledges are 8 to 10 feet dropping into deeper water.

Catfish: Many fish are being caught. Use meaty baits. Shad will be the best choice. Some big fish are being caught.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 80 degrees. The water level is stable and at 652 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: A few good smallmouths are being caught on jigs and spinnerbaits in 10-18 feet of water on points.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught while fishing soft plastics around fallen trees and grass in 15 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught at night while trolling night crawler rigs and big crankbaits in 22 feet of water.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: A few nice fish are being caught around grass on crickets in 10- 15 feet of water.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 25 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 74 degree and the water level is at summer pool.

Black Bass: A few bass are being caught while flipping soft plastics in trash pockets in 2-5 feet of water. Also a few largemouths are being caught on buzz baits around isolated logs.

Bluegill: Several bluegills are being caught on crickets and night crawlers on the bluffs in 2 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on noodles in the creeks while baiting with shad.




June 7, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.07 feet. The water surface temperature is 78 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Plastic worms or crankbaits are the lures being used the most. Ledges in deeper water are holding fish on the lower end. Current needs to be present. Search for 12 to 18 feet of water transitioning into deeper water. The mid lake is the area most favorable for catching shallow fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater smallmouths are easier to catch. Use crankbaits along the bank or around humps.

Crappie: Good. Docks, blowdowns, and ledges in the main secondary areas are being targeted by anglers that are using minnows or jigs. Most crappies are being caught in depths of 8 to 16 feet.

Striped bass: Good. Use shad, jigs or swimbaits in the tailwaters.

Bluegill: Good. Some bluegills are still in the spawning areas. Several bluegills are being caught in the bigger water around bluffs. Use worms or crickets for bait.

Catfish: Good. Cut-bait is the bait of choice for many anglers. The river is the best area.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 632.5 feet to 634.5 feet. Current elevation: 632.66 feet. The water surface temperature is 76 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Some anglers on the lower end are bragging about catching 100 fish a day. Jerkbaits, lipless lures, and plastic worms are being used around grass beds. Grass beds along river flats and in the deeper coves are being targeted.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Fish the tailwater below Chickamauga Dam. Use crankbaits or live bait.

Crappie: Good. Ledges on the lower end of the lake and shady tranquil water on the upper end are locations where crappie are being caught while using minnows or jigs.

Catfish: Good. A lot of fish are being caught by those anglers drifting the main channel. Every angler has a favorite bait and a story to prove why it is the best bait.

Striped bass: No recent reports or observations.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 76 degrees. The water level is high and at 652 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: A few good smallmouths are being caught at night while using spinnerbaits on rocky points in 10 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught while fishing soft plastics around fallen trees and grass in 15 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling deep running crankbaits on flats in 20 feet of water.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: Lots of nice fish are being caught on night crawlers around willow bushes in 15 feet of water.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 25 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 66 degree and the water level is very high.

Black Bass: A few bass are being caught while flipping soft plastics in trash pockets in 2-5 feet of water Also a few largemouths are being caught on buzz baits around isolated logs.

Bluegill: Several bluegills are being caught on crickets and night crawlers on the bluffs in 2 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on noodles in the creeks while baiting with shad.