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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


March 22, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 678.69 feet. The water surface temperature is 55 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Some big fish are being caught. The number of fish being caught is low. Jigs, lipless lures and spinnerbaits are being used.

Smallmouth Bass: Jigs and crankbaits are being used in the upper and lower reservoir. Upper reservoir anglers catch more smallmouth than other anglers. Not many fish are being caught.

Crappie: River and slough fish are being caught. Shallow water trollers and river tight liners are catching fish. Many anglers are searching for the larger numbers. Big crappies are being caught. Minnows and jigs offer equal opportunities.

Striped bass: No observations and only a couple of reports of fish being caught.

Bluegill/Shellcracker: Bluegills are not being targeted by many folks. Crappie anglers are catching several bluegills on jigs while trolling. Some upper reservoir anglers are catching shellcrackers in the cuts and still water areas. Worms and small jigs are being used.

Catfish: Catfish are being caught on a variety of meaty baits. Shad or skipjack are the better baits. Sloughs have a lot of catfish in them now.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Mean elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 633.87 feet. The water surface temperature is 55 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught on the river banks and in the shallow bays. Lipless lures are being used by many anglers. Many anglers are having difficulty catching numbers.

Spotted Bass: Most spotted bass are being caught near Chickamauga Dam. Crankbaits are being used by many anglers.

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

Crappie: Lower reservoir anglers are catching fish drifting deep open water areas near the main channel while using minnows or jigs. Some crappie are being caught along the deeper drop offs in the large bays down river. Upper reservoir anglers are locating crappie in shady and still water locations.

Catfish: Meaty baits are being used to catch a lot of fish. Most catfish are being caught on the upper end.

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. Just a couple reports of fish being caught this past week and no observations.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 55 degrees at the dam. The water level is at 647 feet and the lake is slowly rising.

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

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on jerkbaits while fishing secondary points in 5-10 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught while fishing under schooling shad in the creeks in 15 feet of water.

Walleye: a few walleye are being caught near Eastport at night on jigs.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature in the creeks is 55 degrees. The water level is at 502 feet.

Crappie: Crappie fishing is slow at this time.

Bass: A few largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around cover in 5 feet of water.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught on shad while fishing the mouths of the creeks in 15-20 feet of water.

White Bass: Several white bass are being caught in the mouths of the creeks in the upper section of the lake on jigs.

Sauger and Walleye: A few sauger and walleye are being caught between Gainesboro and Celina on jigs in the deeper holes of the river.