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Region:: TWRA Region 1 Office, TWRA West Tennessee


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Region:: TWRA Region 3 Office, TWRA Cumberland Plateau


August 16, 2017 FISHING REPORT

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.09 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Points, humps, ledges near the river or in the river is the best place to catch fish while using plastic worms, crankbaits, or swimbaits. Several smaller fish and not a lot of big fish are being caught.

Smallmouth Bass: No smallmouth observed this week. Tailwater anglers normally catch more fish.

Crappie: 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.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching a few fish close to the dam while using swimbaits, jigs, or shad.

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

Catfish: River drifters are catching plenty of catfish. Bigger baits are catching bigger fish.

White Bass: Schooling fish are being caught in the mid and lower lake. Spinner-type lures are the best bait.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Mean elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 633.93 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: River flats and plastic worms is the best combination being used. Several fish are being caught.

Spotted Bass: Upper river anglers catch most of the spotted bass. Live bait, jigs, or crankbaits are being used.

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

Crappie: Most crappies are being caught near Chickamauga Dam in dark and tranquil water. Minnows and jigs are both being used but not together.

Catfish: All observed catfish were caught on the upper reservoir this week by those using shad, chicken parts, or shrimp.

White Bass: Bass anglers in the upper reservoir are catching several white bass while using shad, jigs, or crankbaits.

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


Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 82 degrees. The water level is at 646 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught at night using jigs in 25 feet of water while fishing channel points.

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

Walleye: Several walleye are being caught while jigging spoons and trolling night crawler rigs on points in 32 feet of water near the dam.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 65 feet of water.
Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 74 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on frogs while fishing shady 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: Several bluegills are being caught on night crawlers and crickets while fishing bluff walls in 5 feet of water.

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

Sauger: A few sauger are being caught near Granville while fishing jigs at the mouths of the creeks.




August 9, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 681.9 feet. The water surface temperature was 82 degrees at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Chester Frost Park.

Crappie: Fish at night around lights for the more pleasant fishing experience while using your favorite bait. Other anglers that enjoy the burn from the sun are targeting select docks while using jigs. Both anglers are catching fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Odds of catching smallmouth were better on the lower reservoir or the extreme upper section of the lake. Lower lake anglers concentrated more on river bluffs and smaller profile baits to increase their odds of catching smallmouth.

Largemouth Bass: More anglers targeted river ledges than other areas. Saturday was slow for most anglers. A seven pound bass was caught by a Polk County angler and 15 fish was the greatest number of fish caught by interviewed anglers. Plastic worms and swimbaits were the favorite baits during the last week.

Striped bass: Fish the tailwater or cool water locations with swimbaits or jigs.

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

Catfish: Current was needed for the better fishing. Shad, chicken parts, shrimp, or about anything meaty was used these past few days.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 633.18 feet. The water temperature was 80 degrees at the mouth of South Chickamauga Creek in the morning hours on Friday.

Largemouth Bass: River flats were visited more than other places this week. Anglers using spinnerbaits, plastic worms and top water lures were able to locate some fish. Early and late was the better time to fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers were the only anglers that caught smallmouth. Several baits were being used. Jigs and crankbaits were just 2 baits used.

Spotted Bass: Mostly tailwater action while using crankbaits or jigs.

Crappie: Just a few fish were caught while using minnows or jigs. Most crappie caught was caught while using jigs or minnows in tranquil tailwater.

Catfish: Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Shad, shrimp, or chicken parts will be the best choice. Some large fish were boated this past week.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 85 degrees. The water level is at 647 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught using jigs in 25 feet of water while fishing channel points.

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

Walleye: A few big walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 30 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 75 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on frogs while fishing shady 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: Several bluegills are being caught on night crawlers and crickets while fishing bluff walls in 5 feet of water.

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

Sauger: A few sauger are being caught near Granville while fishing jigs at the mouths of the creeks.




August 02, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 682.2 feet. The water surface temperature is in the mid 80’s.

Crappie: Many crappies are being caught at night while fishing steeper banks under lights. Some crappies are being caught around the deeper docks and in the larger creeks around ledges. Minnows or jigs can be used.

Smallmouth Bass: More smallmouths are caught in the area below Watts Bar Dam than any other location. Some smallmouths are being caught on the lower end. The lower lake fish are being caught along main lake bluffs or ledges. Bank anglers upstream are catching more fish at night. Crankbaits or smaller profile baits seem to be better than other lures.

Largemouth Bass: Main lake deep structure when the current is flowing is the better location and time to catch fish. Swimbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms are being used for bait along with a few other baits.

Striped bass: Fish the tailwater or cool water locations 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 633.22 feet. The water temperature is in the mid 80’s.

Largemouth Bass: Grassy flats located on the main channel, main lake deep water flats, and the banks upstream are being targeted by anglers using swimbaits, plastic worms and crankbaits. Several fish can be caught as long as the current is flowing.

Smallmouth Bass: All smallmouths are being caught in the upper river. Night fishing is the better time to catch fish. Crankbaits or plastic worms are better than the alternatives.

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

Crappie: Just a few fish are being caught while using minnows or jigs. Most crappies that are being caught are in current diversion holes and some of those areas are shady.

Catfish: Many fish are being caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Shad, shrimp, or chicken parts 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 87.5 degrees. The water level is at 648 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught at night on points using jigs in 25 feet of water. Also several are being caught in the morning on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught while fishing grass in 15-20 feet of water on soft plastics.

Walleye: Several walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 28 feet of water.

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 fair. The water temperature is 74.5 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on softplastics and frogs while fishing main lake points.

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.




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.