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Region:: TWRA Region 1 Office, TWRA West Tennessee


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Region:: TWRA Region 3 Office, TWRA Cumberland Plateau


September 13, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 77.

Largemouth Bass: Good. River ledges are holding fish. Grass beds that are located near the deeper water are also holding fish. Use plastic worms, topwater lures, and crankbaits. Some heavy fish are being caught.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers and lower lake anglers are catching a few smallmouths around the deeper banks while using crankbaits. One angler reported catching a couple of good fish early while using a topwater bait.

Crappie: Good. Deep docks, brush piles in deeper open bays, and lighted locations at night are all areas favorable for locating crappie. Use minnows or jigs.

Striped bass: Good. Tailwater anglers are using shad, large jigs or swimbaits.

Bluegill: Good. Use worms or crickets around rocky banks.

Catfish: Good. River drifters are catching plenty of catfish. Use meaty baits.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 633.38. The water surface temperature is 76.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Use topwater baits or plastic worms around river grass. Some deep open water fish are being caught around structure adjacent to the main channel. These fish are normally caught while drop-shotting.

Smallmouth Bass: Slow. Fish the tailwater below Chickamauga Dam. Crankbaits are being used for bait.

Spotted Bass: Good. Better fishing is in the tailwater. Use crankbaits.

Crappie: Good. Most fish are being caught in the upper river in calm shady water. Use minnows or jigs.

Catfish: Meaty baits are being used by river drifters. Several fish are being caught.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater. Live bait is being used.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 75 degrees. The water level is at 645 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught early in the morning and late in the afternoons while fishing top water baits while fish are chasing shad.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on shallow running crankbaits in the rivers while fishing shallow wood.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling at night on main lake flats in 28-30 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 66 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several big largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around grass in the pockets.

Striped Bass: A few big ones are being caught near Celina while fishing shad on the main river channel.

Bluegill: Several bluegills are being caught on night crawlers and crickets while fishing bluff walls in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: A few catfish are being caught on night crawlers while fishing in the creeks in 10 feet of water.




September 06, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.10 feet. The water surface temperature is 80 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Some anglers are catching fish in shallow water in the largest bays. Some anglers are fishing the river flats and breaks. Plastic worms are being used as often as any other lure.

Smallmouth Bass: Good. Some smallmouths are being caught along bluffs on the lower end. Top water lures are being used early and late during the day. Tailwater anglers are catching a few fish along the river banks. Crankbaits are a good choice.

Crappie: Good. Fish deep brush in the creeks around ledges, docks, or around lights at night. Use minnows or jigs. Some anglers are catching a lot of fish. Same report as last week.

Striped bass: Good. Tailwater anglers are using shad or swimbaits.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Excellent. Bluegills are being caught in the main channel in the upper river. Lower reservoir anglers are fishing around bluff walls. Worms or crickets are being used.

Catfish: Good. River drifters are catching fish. Most meaty baits are being used.

White Bass: Good. Schooling fish are being caught in the mid and lower lake. Small crankbaits, spoons or topwater baits are being used.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Mean elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 632.72 feet. The water surface temperature is 80 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Topwater lures are being used early or late in the day. Fish the open water around grass. Plastic worms are being used around the grass edges during the daylight hours.

Spotted Bass: Good. Upper reservoir and crankbaits is the combination.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Crankbaits, jigs, and live bait are being used. Fish the tailwater.

Crappie: Fair. Most crappies are being caught near Chickamauga Dam. Minnows and jigs are both being used but not together.

Catfish: Good. Moving water will increase the odds of a productive trip. Use meaty baits.

White Bass: Bass anglers in the upper reservoir are catching several white bass while using the typical lures such as small top water baits, spinner-type lures, and spoons.

Striped bass: Fair. Some tailwater anglers are catching fish while using live bait.


Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 645 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught early in the morning and late in the afternoons while fishing top water baits while fish are chasing shad.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on shallow running crankbaits in the rivers while fishing shallow wood.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling at night on main lake flats in 28-30 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 68 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several big largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around grass in the pockets.

Striped Bass: A few big ones are being caught near Celina while fishing shad on the main river channel.

Bluegill: Several bluegills are being caught on night crawlers and crickets while fishing bluff walls in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: A few catfish are being caught on night crawlers while fishing in the creeks in 10 feet of water.




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.