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Region:: TWRA Region 1 Office, TWRA West Tennessee


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Region:: TWRA Region 3 Office, TWRA Cumberland Plateau


May 24, 2018

Chickamauga

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.26 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.98 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees in the shallows.

Largemouth Bass: Most shallow fish are males. Most heavy fish are moving into ditches in secondary water or can be found along flats or ledges in deeper areas. Swimbaits or worms are being used more often than other lures.

Smallmouth Bass: Fish the tailwaters below Watts Bar Dam for the best action and bigger fish. Small profile plastic worms will trigger bites.

Crappie: Fish brush in 8 to 10 feet with jigs or minnows. Deeper fish can be caught.

Striped bass: A few fish are being caught in the tailwaters while using shad.

Bluegill/Shellcrackers: Worms or small jigs are being used in shallow water. Many are bedding.

Walleye: Troll crankbaits in the tailwaters until a fish is caught. Concentrate your efforts on that area.

Catfish: Some big fish are being caught in the larger water while using a variety of meaty baits. All areas of the river are good.

White Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish while using spoons, crankbaits, or shad.

Watts Bar

Reservoir Conditions: Normal summer elevation: 740.5 feet. Normal winter elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.47 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees in the shallow water.

Largemouth Bass: Most shallow fish are males. The bigger fish are moving out. Plastic worms are good.

Smallmouth Bass: The majority of fish being caught are coming from main lake or deep secondary banks by anglers using crankbaits. Target rocky or gravel banks.

Crappie: Most recent catches are combining minnows and deep open water. Primary creeks in water depths from 10 to 30 deep are the type of areas that many anglers are targeting.

Catfish: Use anything meaty. Fish deep near rocky river banks.

Walleye: No observations.

Striped Bass: Friday and Saturday morning there were a lot of striped bass on the surface feeding. The bait did not seem to matter a lot. Over a hundred fish were caught up to 35 pounds.


Dale Hollow

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

Smallmouth Bass: Lots of smallmouths are being caught on swimbaits while fishing points in 5-15 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Lots of largemouths are being caught on top water baits around grass in 5-10 feet of water.

White Bass: Lots of white bass are being caught in the jumps near Shear Pin Pass and near Eagle Creek early in the mornings.

Crappie: Slow.

Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught at night on crank baits and jerk baits fishing points in 5-10 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on noodles baited with shad.

Bluegill and Shellcracker: Lots of fish are being caught on crickets and night crawlers near the willows in 5 feet of water.

Center Hill

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 82 degrees. Lake is stable and the water level is at 631 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught while fishing swimbaits on gravel banks in 15 feet of water.

Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Several fish are being caught on top water baits fishing in the creeks over 5-10 feet of water.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Several fish are being caught on night crawlers and crickets on gravel banks and pockets in 5 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught near the big island while trolling night crawlers in 15-18 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on noodles while baited with shad.




May 16, 2018 Fishing Report

Chickamauga

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 681.95 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.98 feet. The water surface temperature is 79 degrees in the shallows.

Largemouth Bass: Some fish are bedding. Many males are shallow. Some of the bigger bass are moving out into some bigger water. Creature baits are productive now.

Smallmouth Bass: A few fish are being caught on the lower end. The upper end is where some large smallmouth are being caught. The better action seems to be near the end.

Crappie: Some crappie are still spawning. The bigger number of crappie are in 10 to 20 foot of water suspended in deeper water.

Striped bass: A few fish are being caught in the tailwaters while using shad.

Bluegill/Shellcrackers: Worms or small jigs are being used in shallow water. Many are bedding.

Walleye: Trolling crankbaits in the tailwater will allow a few fish to be caught.

Catfish: Some big fish are being caught in the larger water while using a variety of meaty baits. The lower lake is fishing better right now. Target water below Sequoyah.

White Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish while using spoons, crankbaits, or shad.

Watts Bar

Reservoir Conditions: Normal summer elevation: 740.5 feet. Normal winter elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.72 feet. The water surface temperature is 77 in the shallow water.

Largemouth Bass: Many anglers are not locating many fish. Several fish are bedding. Plastic worms are the best bait. Some of the females are moving into deeper water.

Smallmouth Bass: The majority of fish being caught are coming from main lake or secondary banks by anglers using crankbaits.

Crappie: Most recent catches are combining minnows and deep open water. Primary creeks in water depths from 10 to 30 deep is the type of area that many anglers are targeting.

Catfish: Use anything meaty. Some fish are shallow and some are deep. Fish close to deep rocky banks.

Walleye: No observations.

White Bass: More fish are being caught in the upper river while using jigs or crankbaits.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Use worms around docks or along rocky creek banks.


Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 79 degrees. The water level is at 650 feet and the lake is stable.

Smallmouth Bass: Lots of smallmouths are being caught at night on spinnerbaits while fishing points in 5-10 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Lots of largemouths are being caught early in the mornings or late in the afternoons on top water baits around laydown trees.

Crappie: Slow.

Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught at night on crank baits and jerk baits fishing points in 5-10 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on noodles baited with shad.

Bluegill and Shellcracker: Lots of fish are being caught on crickets and night crawlers near the willows in 5 feet of water.

Center Hill

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 81 degrees. Lake is stable and the water level is at 631 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught while fishing swimbaits on gravel banks in 15 feet of water.

Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Several fish are being caught on top water baits fishing in the creeks over 5-10 feet of water.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Several fish are being caught on night crawlers and crickets on gravel banks and pockets in 5 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught near Sligo while trolling in 15 feet of water with night crawlers.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on noodles while baited with shad.




May 09, 2018 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.98 feet. The water surface temperature is 77 degrees in the shallow bays and any water affected by the river is 67 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Fish in excess of 10 pounds continue to be caught. Fish are deep, shallow and in between. The majority are shallow and many are spawning. Use plastic worms for the better success.

Smallmouth Bass: Some crankbaiters and spooners are catching fish in the tailwaters and along some of the rocky banks downstream.

Crappie: Some crappie are spawning. The bigger numbers of crappie are in 10 to 15 feet of water buried deep in brush piles. Use minnows or jigs.

Striped bass: A few fish are being caught in the tailwaters while using shad.

Bluegill/Shellcrackers: Worms or small jigs are being used in shallow water.

Walleye: Rocky humps are being targeted in the moving water in the tailwaters. A few fish are being caught.

Catfish: Some big fish are being caught in the larger water while using a variety of meaty baits. The lower lake is fishing better right now. Target the water below Sequoyah.

White Bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish while using spoons, crankbaits, or shad.

Watts Bar

Reservoir Conditions: Normal summer elevation: 740.5 feet. Normal winter elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.45 feet. The water surface temperature is 74 in the shallow water and the river is in the upper 60’s.

Largemouth Bass: A lot of anglers are fishing main lake banks. Few anglers are catching a lot of fish on the main lake although a 6 pound fish was caught in these waters recently. Several fish are currently spawning. Plastic worms are the better bait.

Smallmouth Bass: The majority of fish being caught are coming from main lake or secondary banks by anglers using crankbaits.

Crappie: Most recent catches are combining minnows and deep open water. Primary creeks in water depths from 10 to 30 deep are yielding some 15 inch crappie. Brush in 15 feet of water seems to be the best bet.

Catfish: Use anything meaty. Some fish are shallow and some are deep. The larger catches both quality and quantity are coming from the river channel.

Walleye: No observations.
White Bass: More fish are being caught in the upper river while using jigs or crankbaits.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Use worms around docks or along rocky creek banks.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 70 degrees. The water level is at 651 feet and the lake is stable.

Smallmouth Bass: Lots of smallmouths are being caught on swimbaits and live baits while fishing flats and points in 10-15 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught while flipping soft plastics and fishing top water baits around shallow cover in the creeks.

Crappie: A few fish are being caught in the willows on minnows in 5 feet of water.

Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught at night on crank baits and jerk baits fishing points in 5-10 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on noodles baited with shad.

Bluegill and Shellcracker: Several fish are being caught on crickets and night crawlers while fishing gravel banks and pockets in 5 feet of water.

Center Hill

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is stable and the water level is at 633 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught while fishing swimbaits on gravel banks in 15 feet of water.

Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Several fish are being caught on top water baits fishing in the creeks over 5-10 feet of water.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Several fish are being caught on night crawlers and crickets on gravel banks and pockets in 5 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught near Sligo while trolling in 15 feet of water with night crawlers.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on noodles while baited with shad.




MAY 02, 2018

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.81 feet. The water surface temperature is 61 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Some big fish are being caught. It seems as many deep fish are being caught as shallow fish. A complete arsenal is needed.

Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth bass are being caught along the steep banks in the larger creeks while using jigs or crankbaits. Upper river anglers are catching smallmouth while casting crankbaits along the river bluffs.

Crappie: Open water drifters are catching secondary fish while using minnows or jigs.

Striped bass: A few fish are being caught in the tailwaters while using shad.

Bluegill/Shellcrackers: Worms or small jigs are being used in the ditches or cuts that run from the main channel to catch several fish. Fish are also being caught along the banks that have 3 to 5 feet of water leading into the spawning areas.

Walleye: No observations.

Catfish: Some big fish are being caught in the larger water while using a variety of meaty baits.

White Bass: Fish the upper reservoir banks with a crankbait.

Watts Bar

Reservoir Conditions: Normal summer elevation: 740.5 feet. Normal winter elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.58 feet. The water surface temperature is 60 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Several tournaments did occur Saturday. Many anglers are fishing the deep main lake banks. Some anglers are fishing the shallow coves. A wide variety of lures are being used.

Smallmouth Bass: The majority of fish being caught are coming from main lake banks by anglers using crankbaits.

Crappie: Most recent catches are combining minnows and deep open water. Primary creeks in water depths from 15 to 30 deep are yielding some 15 inch crappie.

Catfish: Use anything meaty. Every angler has a favorite and a reason it is their favorite. Some fish are shallow and some are deep.

Walleye: No observations.

White Bass: More fish are being caught in the upper river while using jigs or crankbaits.

Bluegill: Use worms around docks or along rocky creek banks.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is excellent and the water temperature is 62 degrees. The water level is at 651 feet and the lake is stable.

Smallmouth Bass: Lots smallmouths are being caught on swimbaits while fishing flats and main lake points in 10-12 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Lots of largemouths are being caught while flipping soft plastics around shallow woody cover.

Crappie: A few fish are being caught in the willows on minnows in 2-5 feet of water.

Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught at night on jerk baits fishing main lake points in 5-10 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of cats are being caught on limblines while baited with shad at night.

Bluegill and Shellcracker: Lots of fish are being caught on crickets and night crawlers while fishing near the willows in 5 feet of water.

Center Hill

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is great. The water temperature is 63 degrees. Lake is stable. Water level is at 634 feet.

Black Bass: Lots of bass are being caught on soft plastics and other top water baits while fishing in the creeks in 5 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught around lay down trees on minnows in 5-10 feet of water.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Lots of fish being are caught on night crawlers and crickets in the head of the creeks in 5-10 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught near Pates Ford on crankbaits in 5-10 feet of water.

Catfish: Several cats are being caught on noodles baited with shad fishing at night.