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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 24th Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.14 feet. The water surface temperature is 76 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Most bass are being caught 6 to 12 feet deep. Shaky head worms and crankbaits are being used most often. A lot of pressure is on the lake now. There is some difficulty finding parking on the weekends. Rural ramps are full with tournaments from out of town clubs and the bigger access areas are full with the bigger tournaments.

Smallmouth Bass: Jigs or crankbaits are being used. Most smallmouths are being caught in the tailwaters. Many smallmouths are moving to the banks to feed and returning to the ledges or humps.

Crappie: Most crappies are in post-spawn locations. Many crappies are being caught 6 to 12 feet deep while using minnows or jigs for bait. Target blowdowns, docks, or submerged brush.

Striped bass: A few tailwater fish are being caught while using shad or swimbaits.

Bluegill/Shellcrackers: Look for isolated shallow pockets and use worms or crickets.

Sauger/Walleye: No reports or observations.

Catfish: Fish near rocky banks in the river or deep sloughs. Use meaty baits.

Nickajack

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 632.81 feet. The water surface temperature is 74 degrees on average.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught near grass beds, points, and ledges while using a variety of baits. Plastic worms are being used more than other lures.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. The tailwater anglers are catching all the smallmouths. All smallmouths are being caught in the tailwaters. Live bait, jigs or crankbaits are being used for bait.

Crappie: Some crappies are being caught over the deep river flats on the lower lake or in the tailwaters around shady areas in the still water.

Catfish: Anglers using shad as bait are catching fish in the river. Bank anglers are using meaty baits with good results.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 76 degrees. The water level is at 651 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught on swimbaits on points in 10 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on soft plastics while fishing fallen trees in the rivers.

Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught on crankbaits and jerkbaits on points in 5-10 feet of water at night while the moon is up.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: Lots of nice fish are being caught on night crawlers around willow bushes in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught on shad while fishing limblines at night.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 68 degree. The water level is at summer pool.

Black Bass: A few good bass are being caught while flipping soft plastics while fishing undercut banks.

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 while fishing night crawlers.




May 16, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.26 feet. The water surface temperature is 70 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Shallow fish can be caught around weeds. Some fish can be caught in post-spawn locations around ledges, points, humps or hydrilla beds. Plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are being used most often.

Smallmouth Bass: Most smallmouth bass can be caught along the banks in the upper reservoir. Crankbaits or jigs are being used. An occasional smallmouth is also being caught on the lower reservoir mainly along the river or main creek banks.

Crappie: Most crappies are in post-spawn locations. Concentrate on stumps, brush, blowdowns, or docks in transition areas. Target depth should be 6 to 12 feet deep. Use jigs or minnows while tightlining or using floats. Some Hiwassee River anglers are catching good numbers around brush on shallow river banks.

Striped bass: A few tailwater fish are being caught while using shad or swimbaits.

Bluegill/Shellcrackers: Look for isolated shallow pockets and use worms or crickets.

Sauger/Walleye: No reports or observations.

Catfish: Use meaty baits while fishing near sloping rocky banks on the river or in the sloughs.

Nickajack

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 632.77 feet. The water surface temperature is 69 degrees on average.

Largemouth Bass: Some bass are being caught shallow in a few locations. Many fish are being caught while fishing above the grass beds and ledges in post spawn areas.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. The tailwater anglers are catching all the smallmouths. Jigs or crankbaits are being used by most anglers. Some anglers are using live bait.

Crappie: Not many observations or reports.

Catfish: Live baiters are catching fish in the river. Bank anglers are using meaty baits with good results.


Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 70 degrees. The water level is at 652 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: Lots of smallmouths are being caught on swimbaits near grass in 10 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on soft plastics while fishing lay down trees in grass in 5- 10 feet of water.

Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught on crankbaits and jerkbaits on points in 5-10 feet of water at night while the moon is up.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: Lots of nice fish are being caught on night crawlers around willow bushes in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught on shad while fishing limblines at night.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 68 degrees in the creeks. The water level is above summer pool.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is slow. A few fish are being caught on jigs around shallow cover.

Black Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on floating worms while fishing around shallow cover in the creeks.

Bluegill: A few nice bluegills are being caught on crickets and night crawlers while fishing creek channel banks in 2 feet of water.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught on shad near Gainesboro in the creeks in 15 feet of water.

White Bass: Several white bass are being caught near Butler’s Landing on jigs in 5 feet of water.