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Region:: TWRA Region 3 Office, TWRA Cumberland Plateau


June 21, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.88 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are located along the banks on the main channel. Humps, points and breaks downstream are holding bass. Current will increase the odds of catching some fish. Plastic worms, swimbaits, and crankbaits are being used.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Use crankbaits along the bank or around humps in the tailwater.

Crappie: Late evening or night anglers are catching fish along bluff walls in the large creeks close to the channel. Docks are also popular crappie holes. Use minnows or jigs for bait.

Striped bass: Good. Use shad, jigs or swimbaits in the tailwaters.

Bluegill: Deep rocky banks and ledges off the main channel are a couple of places bluegill can be caught. Some are spawning in a few areas. Use worms or minnows 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: 632.78 feet. The water surface temperature is 81 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: More bass are being caught on the river. Use spinnerbaits over the grass or plastic worms in the grass.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Fish the tailwater below Chickamauga Dam. Use crankbaits or live bait.

Crappie: No reports or observations.

Catfish: Drift the main channel with meaty baits, preferably shad.

Striped bass: No recent reports or observations.

Dale Hollow

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

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught at night on jigs and spinnerbaits in 15-18 feet of water on points.

Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught while fishing soft plastics while fishing brush and grass in 15 feet of water.

Walleye: A few nice walleye are being caught while trolling night crawlers on flats in 22 feet of water.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: Several fish are being caught on bluffs in 20 feet of water on crickets and night crawlers.

Trout: A few trout are being caught while trolling with spoons in 45 feet of water near the dam.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 78 degree and the water level is at summer pool.

Black Bass: Several bass are being caught while flipping undercut banks in the mid to upper section of the lake on soft plastics. Also several big fish are being caught while fishing channel drops on the lower end of the lake with crankbaits and Carolina rigs.

White Bass: Several bass are being caught near the dam while fishing crankbaits around shad.

Bluegill: Bluegill are being caught on the bluffs in 5 feet of water.

Catfish: Lots of catfish are being caught on noodles in the creeks while baiting with shad.

Walleye: A few are being caught on crankbaits on channel banks near the dam.




June 14, 2017 Fishing Report

Region 3 Fishing Report

June 14, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 682.07 feet. The water surface temperature is 75 degrees in many areas. Some shallow areas are 80 degrees.

Crappie: Boat docks and blowdowns in 8 to 20 feet of water are being targeted by most anglers. Use minnows or jigs as bait. A few trollers are catching fish in the large creeks.

Smallmouth Bass: An occasional lower reservoir fish is being caught. The greater numbers of fish are being caught in the tailwaters below Watts Bar Dam. The number of fish caught has been low. Crankbaits are being used more often than other lures.

Largemouth Bass: Fish are being caught over grass beds. Some fish are deep. Swimbaits, topwater lures, plastic worms and spinnerbaits are the most popular lures. A few fish are very shallow and other fish are on humps and ledges in the river. Current needs to be present for the river fish.

Striped bass: Live bait or swimbaits are being used to catch striped bass.

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

Catfish: Drifters are catching some fish. Meaty baits are being used.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 633.1 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught over grass beds in the few coves on the lake. More fish are being targeted along the river banks. Plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are the favorite baits.

Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught in the upper river or tailwaters. Jigs or crankbaits are being used.

Spotted Bass: A lot of spotted bass are being caught in the tailwaters below Chickamauga Dam. Crankbaits are being used.

Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used for bait. Shady and still water in the tailwaters are areas that hold fish. Ledges downstream are also holding crappie. The better ledges are 8 to 10 feet dropping into deeper water.

Catfish: Many fish are being caught. Use meaty baits. Shad will be the best choice. Some big fish are being caught.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 80 degrees. The water level is stable and at 652 feet.

Smallmouth Bass: A few good smallmouths are being caught on jigs and spinnerbaits in 10-18 feet of water on points.

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 at night while trolling night crawler rigs and big crankbaits in 22 feet of water.

Shellcracker and Bluegill: A few nice fish are being caught around grass on crickets in 10- 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 74 degree and the water level is at summer pool.

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.




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.