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Region:: TWRA Region 3 Office, TWRA Cumberland Plateau


December 13, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 676.69 feet. The water surface temperature is 50 degrees. The number of anglers on the reservoir was limited due to the weather.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Few anglers caught a few good fish while using lipless lures around baitfish. Some baitfish are still in the shallow pockets of some creeks. A few anglers are using spoons, jigs, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Crankbaits and jigs are being used more than other baits. Upper reservoir and lower reservoir fish are being caught on the main lake or river banks around rocks or stumps.

Crappie: Good. Fish the main channel bank with jigs or minnows near the river drop. Bluffwalls, docks and blowdowns are other areas holding fish. Same as last week.

Striped bass: Fair. Look for shad on the lower end in the ditches and channels. Fish with a swimbait, spoon or crankbaits.

Bluegill: Good. Fish rocky banks or creek flats. Use small jigs or worms.

Sauger/Walleye: Fair. Some tailwater anglers are catching a few fish while trolling crankbaits or casting jigs. Night fishing is better. The number of anglers in the productive waters has been low.

Catfish: Fair. Use meaty baits in the main channel.

Nickajack

Reservoir Conditions: The lake elevation is normal. The surface temperature is 50. Anglers present on the reservoir were limited due to the changing weather pattern.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Lower reservoir anglers are catching a few fish around vegetation located on the river. Depending on the area being fished anglers are choosing squarebills, spinnerbaits, and lipless lures.

Smallmouth Bass: Slow. Just a few fish are being caught in the tailwaters below Chickamauga Dam. Use jigs, crankbaits, small swimbaits, or shad.

Crappie: Slow. Just a few fish are being caught around the bridges or blowdowns. A few fish are being caught along some of the lower reservoir roadbeds. Minnows or jigs are being used. Same as last week.

Catfish: Good. Use meaty baits. Current needs to be moving.

Striped bass: Slow.

Bluegill: Bank anglers are catching a lot of fish. Use worms for bait.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 52 degrees. The water level is at 640 feet and is falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Lots of nice smallmouths are being caught on shiners and jigs in 25 feet of water on points.

Largemouth Bass: A few good largemouths are being caught on jigs while fishing grass on the main lake in 15 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught on minnows while fishing lay down trees in 15 feet of water in the rivers.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: A few bluegill are being caught on night crawlers while fishing bluffs in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 48 degrees in the creek. Lake is at winter pool.

Black Bass: Some nice largemouths are being caught while fishing jigs on creek channel banks in 5-10 feet.

Crappie: Slow.

Walleye and Sauger: A few walleye and sauger are being caught between Gainesboro and Wartrace while fishing jigs in 40 feet of water.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught in major creek channels near the dam on shad.

Bluegill: Slow.

Catfish: Slow.




December 06, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 676.64 feet. The water surface temperature is 58 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and lipless lures are being used more often than other lures. Some fish are being caught on river flats or near baitfish in the large coves.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Swimbaits of various sizes are being used more than other baits. Few observations but some reports.

Crappie: Good. Fish the main channel bank with jigs or minnows near the river drop. Bluffwalls, docks and blowdowns are other areas holding fish.

Striped bass: Fair. Most fish are being caught while fishing near baitfish on the lower end. Spoons or swimbaits are being used more than other baits.

Bluegill: Good. Fish rocky banks. Use small jigs or worms.

Sauger/Walleye: Fair. Some tailwater anglers are catching a few fish while trolling crankbaits or casting jigs. Night fishing is better.

Catfish: Fair. Those that are using cut bait in the main channel are catching a lot of fish.

Nickajack

Reservoir Conditions: The lake elevation is normal. The surface temperature is 57 degrees early in the morning.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Lower reservoir anglers are catching some fish while using topwater lures, spinnerbaits, and square bill crankbaits. Some schooling fish can be found below the interstate bridge.

Smallmouth Bass: Slow. Just a few fish are being caught in the tailwaters below Chickamauga Dam. Use jigs, crankbaits, or small swimbaits.

Crappie: Slow. Just a few fish are being caught around the bridges or blowdowns. A few fish are being caught along some of the lower reservoir roadbeds. Minnows or jigs are being used.

Catfish: Good. Night crawlers, shrimp, cut bait, and other meaty baits are being used in the main channel.

Striped bass: Slow.

Bluegill: Bank anglers are catching a lot of fish. Use worms for bait.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 55 degrees. The water level is at 640 feet and is falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught on the float and fly method on channel banks over 30 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on jigs in laydown trees in 10 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught on minnows while fishing lay down trees in 15 feet of water in the rivers.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: A few bluegill are being caught on night crawlers while fishing bluffs in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 50 degrees in the creek. Lake is at winter pool.

Black Bass: Some nice largemouths are being caught while fishing jigs on creek channel banks in 5-10 feet.

Crappie: Slow.

Walleye and Sauger: A few walleye and sauger are being caught between Gainesboro and Wartrace while fishing jigs in 40 feet of water.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught in major creek channels near the dam on shad.

Bluegill: Slow.

Catfish: Slow.




Region 3 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 676.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 50 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Topwater lures are being used in shallow water. Lipless lures are being used more often in 4 to 8 feet of water. Spinnerbaits are being used by some anglers.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. The tailwaters below Watts Bar offer better fishing than the lower reservoir for those anglers targeting smallmouth.

Crappie: Fair. Docks, bluff walls, and ditches are being fished by anglers using minnows or jigs.

Striped bass: Fair. Most fish are being caught while fishing near baitfish on the lower end. Look for the birds.

Bluegill: Good. Anglers in the creeks are catching bluegill near bluff walls or on flats near the bottom. Use small jigs or worms.

Sauger/Walleye: Fair. Some tailwater anglers are catching a few fish while trolling crankbaits or casting jigs.

Catfish: Fair. Few anglers are targeting catfish. Those that are using cutbait in the main channel are catching a lot of fish.

Nickajack

Reservoir Conditions: The lake elevation is normal. The surface temperature is 50 degrees early in the morning.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Lower reservoir anglers are catching some fish while using topwater lures and spinnerbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Slow. Just a few fish are being caught in the tailwaters below Chickamauga Dam. Use jigs or crankbaits.

Crappie: Slow. Just a few fish are being caught around the bridges or blowdowns. Minnows or jigs are being used.

Catfish: Good. The bigger the bait, the bigger the fish. The smaller the bait, the more fish are being caught. In both cases it needs to be meaty.

Striped bass: Slow.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 57 degrees. The water level is at 641 feet and is falling.

Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouths are being caught fishing jigs on gravel banks in 15-30 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on spinner baits while fishing grass on the main lake.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught on minnows while fishing lay down trees in 20 feet of water in the rivers.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught during the day with night crawlers in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several nice shellcrackers are being caught on night crawlers while fishing grass in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 52 degrees in the creek. Lake is at winter pool.

Black Bass: Some nice largemouths are being caught while fishing top water baits around grass on the main lake. Also a few good fish are being caught on jigs on channel banks in 5 feet of water.

Crappie: Very slow.

Walleye and Sauger: A few walleye and sauger are being caught near Wartrace while fishing jigs in 40 feet of water.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing shad at the mouth of the creeks.

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

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




November 22, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Water surface temperature last check was 59 degrees early and warming to 61 degrees. The lake is about 2 feet above the mean operating winter elevation.

Crappie: Fair. Minnows and/or jigs are being used for bait. Deeper docks, river bluffs, and grassy edges are the locations that are productive for anglers.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Some fish are being caught in the upper and lower reservoir. More fish are being caught on jigs than crankbaits.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Spooks are being used around shad in the shallows. A lot of bass are chasing shad in shallow water. Most are deciding to stay there.

Striped bass: Fair. Lower reservoir anglers are catching a few fish in the creek channels under the shad.

Bluegill: Great. Worms are being used in the creeks and along the river bluff walls to catch several fish.

Catfish: Good. Use meaty baits from your favorite source in the main channel.

Nickajack Reservoir

The water surface temperature is in the lower 60’s. The lake elevation is normal.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Use your favorite topwater bait according to the location. Shallow flats around grass happens to be the pick for a lot of anglers. Lower reservoir anglers are finding some schoolers that want to play.

Smallmouth Bass: Slow. Only a few fish are being caught in the upper reservoir.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Fish the upper reservoir with crankbaits, jigs, or shad.

Crappie: No reports or observations this week.

Catfish: Good. Smaller baits catch the numbers and larger baits catch the bigger fish most of the time. Use meaty baits.

Bluegill: Good. Worms are being used in many areas of the lake.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 59 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and is falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught fishing jigs on points in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while jigging spoons under schooling shad in the creeks.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught near Sunset while fishing jigs and minnows in 20 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught during the day with night crawlers in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several nice shellcrackers are being caught on night crawlers while fishing grass in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 60 degrees at Granville. Lake is unstable.

Largemouth: A few largemouths are being caught on crankbaits while fishing stumps on the main river.

Crappie: Very slow.

Sauger: A few sauger are being caught near Wartrace while fishing jigs in the channels.

Black Bass: Several big bass are being caught around grassbeds on zarzar spooks.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing shad at the mouth of the creeks.

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

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




November 08, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

The lake level is about 3.5 feet below normal summer level. Normal winter level is about 2.5 feet below the current level. 60 degrees is the current surface temperature.

Crappie: Fair. Minnows or jigs are being used for bait. Deeper docks and river bluffs are the locations to explore.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Some fish are being caught in the upper and lower reservoir. Most fish are caught while using crankbaits on rocky banks.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Fishing is improving. Several bass are being caught by those anglers using traps, spinnerbaits, and square bills. Fish around grass. 6 to 10 feet of water is the depth to fish.

Striped bass: Some stripers are being caught in the mid to lower lake around baitfish. Most are being caught by anglers targeting bass.

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

Catfish: Good. Use meaty baits in the main channel.

Nickajack Reservoir

The water temperature is around 60 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow but improving. Some schooling fish are being caught below the interstate bridge. Lipless lures are being used. Most anglers are fishing grass beds with plastic frogs in other areas of the lake.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching a few fish while using crankbaits, shad, or jigs.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Fish the upper reservoir with crankbaits, jigs, or shad.

Crappie: Some crappies are being caught in the dark and calm water that can be found in the upper river. Jigs are being used most often for bait. Use the lightest jig possible and that will depend on current or wind.

Catfish: Good. Shad, shrimp, and chicken parts are being used more than other baits.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 63 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and is falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few good smallmouths are being caught on football jigs while fishing points in 25 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on zara spooks while fishing grass in 10 feet on water.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught in rivers on minnows around fallen trees. Also a few are being caught around the deeper edges of the grass.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught during the day with night crawlers in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several nice shellcrackers are being caught on night crawlers while fishing grass in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 64 degrees at Granville. Lake is unstable.

Walleye and Sauger: A few sauger are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing jigs in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.

Black Bass: Several big bass are being caught around grassbeds on zarzar spooks.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing shad at the mouths of the creeks.

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

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




October 25, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 679.63 feet. The water surface temperature is 67.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Most anglers struggle to catch fish. Some big fish are being caught including an eleven pound fish caught in a dogfight. Fish the grass with topwater baits or plastic worms.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Upper and lower reservoir anglers are catching a few fish while using crankbaits. One angler reported catching a couple of good fish early while using a topwater bait.

Crappie: Good. Fish deeper docks in the creeks and river. Use minnows or jigs.

Striped bass: No reports.

White Bass: Slow. A few fish are being caught by anglers using spoons, jigs, or crankbaits.

Bluegill: Good. Use worms or crickets in the river bends.

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

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 633.88. The water surface temperature is 67.

Largemouth Bass: Good. Use topwater baits or plastic worms around river grass. Crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits are also being used around rocks and grass beds.

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

Spotted Bass: Good. Best fishing is in the tailwater. Use crankbaits, jigs, or spoons.

Crappie: No observations this week.

Catfish: Good. Chicken parts and shrimp are being used by a few drifters for bait.

Striped bass: No reports or observations.

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 70 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and is fairly stable.

Smallmouth Bass: Several good smallmouths are being caught at night while using spinner baits on channel points in 15 -20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while fishing grass with frogs in the back of the creeks.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught on minnows while fishing grass and laydowns in 15 feet of water.

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught during the day with night crawlers in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several nice shellcrackers are being caught on night crawlers while fishing grass in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 63 degrees at Granville. Lake is at winter pool.

Walleye and Sauger: A few sauger are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing jigs in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.

Black Bass: Several big bass are being caught around grassbeds on zarzar spooks.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing shad at the mouths of the creeks.

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

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




October 18, 2017 Fishing Report

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 72 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouth are being caught on football jigs while fishing points in 25 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few big sacks of largemouths are being caught while flipping matted grass beds with soft plastics.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on minnows while fishing grass in 15 feet of water

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught during the day with night crawlers in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: A few are being caught on night crawlers around grass in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair. The water temperature is 65 degrees at Granville. Lake is at swimming pool.

Walleye and Sauger: A few sauger are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing jigs in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.

Black Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on frogs while fishing grass on the main lake.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Gainesboro while fishing shad at the mouths of the creeks.

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

Catfish: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




October 12, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.54 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are being fished at night for crappie.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Primary rocky points and steep primary banks should be the target areas. Jigs and crankbaits are being used more often than other lures.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. Square bill crankbaits used along the grass edges are being used by some anglers with good results.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current is needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish. Several anglers are catching fish about 12 feet down instead of along the bottom.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.50 feet. The water temperature is 71 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass closest to the large water. Some schooling fish are being caught below the interstate bridge.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks. Some striper anglers are catching some fish while using live bait.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures. Fish the tailwater.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are being used. Fish the tranquil and shady water.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits.

Bluegill: Good. 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 77 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while fishing grass edges with sinkos in 5-10 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on minnows while fishing grass and brush in 20 feet of water

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling at night with large crankbaits in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Lake is falling.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few bass are being caught on sinkos while fishing grass near Granville.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Celina while using trout or shad for bait 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: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




October 10, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.54 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.
Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are being fished at night for crappie.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Primary rocky points and steep primary banks should be the target areas. Jigs and crankbaits are being used more often than other lures.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. Square bill crankbaits used along the grass edges are being used by some anglers with good results.
Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.
Bluegill/Shellcracker: Great. Most fish are being caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs.
Catfish: Good. Current is needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish. Several anglers are catching fish about 12 feet down instead of along the bottom.

Nickajack Reservoir
Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.50 feet. The water temperature is 71 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass closest to the large water. Some schooling fish are being caught below the interstate bridge.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks. Some striper anglers are catching some fish while using live bait.
Spotted Bass: Fair. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures. Fish the tailwater.
Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are being used. Fish the tranquil and shady water.
Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits.
Bluegill: Good. 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 77 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and falling.
Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.
Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while fishing grass edges with sinkos in 5-10 feet of water.
Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on minnows while fishing grass and brush in 20 feet of water
Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling at night with large crankbaits in 30 feet of water.
Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10 feet of water.
Cordell Hull
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Lake is falling.
Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.
Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.
Black Bass: A few bass are being caught on sinkos while fishing grass near Granville.
Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.
Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Celina while using trout or shad for bait 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: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




Region 3 Fishing Report

Dale Hollow
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and falling.
Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.
Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while fishing grass edges with sinkos in 5-10 feet of water.
Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on minnows while fishing grass and brush in 20 feet of water
Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling at night with large crankbaits in 30 feet of water.
Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10 feet of water.
Cordell Hull
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Lake is falling.
Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.
Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.
Black Bass: A few bass are being caught on sinkos while fishing grass near Granville.
Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.
Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Celina while using trout or shad for bait 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: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




October 09, Fishing Report

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 642 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while fishing grass edges with sinkos in 5-10 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on minnows while fishing grass and brush in 20 feet of water

Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling at night with large crankbaits in 30 feet of water.

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Lake is falling.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on jigs in sunken brush in 10 feet of water.
Black Bass: A few bass are being caught on sinkos while fishing grass near Granville.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

Striped Bass: A few striped bass are being caught near Celina while using trout or shad for bait 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: Several catfish are being caught near the dam while jug fishing.




October 05, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.
Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir
Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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


Dale Hollow
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.
Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.
Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.
Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 30 feet of water near the dam.
Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.
Cordell Hull
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.
Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.
Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.
Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.
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.




October 04, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees. Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish. Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter. Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets. Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad. Bluegill/Shellcracker: Great. Most fish were caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs. Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish. Nickajack Reservoir Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water. Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks. Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures. Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings. Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted. Bluegill: Good. Use crickets or worms around steep banks in the river for the better results. Dale Hollow Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling. Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water. Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water. Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds. Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 30 feet of water near the dam. Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water. Cordell Hull Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool. Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water. Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds. Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam. 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.




October 04, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.




October 4, 2017 Fishing Report

Region 3 Fishing Report

October 04, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.




Region 3 Fishing Report

Region 3 Fishing Report

October 04, 2017

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.




October 04, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees. Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish. Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter. Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets. Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad. Bluegill/Shellcracker: Great. Most fish were caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs. Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish. Nickajack Reservoir Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water. Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks. Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures. Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings. Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted. Bluegill: Good. Use crickets or worms around steep banks in the river for the better results. Dale Hollow Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling. Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water. Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water. Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds. Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 30 feet of water near the dam. Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water. Cordell Hull Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool. Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water. Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds. Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam. 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.




October 04, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.




October 4, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees. Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish. Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter. Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets. Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad. Bluegill/Shellcracker: Great. Most fish were caught while using crickets or worms around river bluffs. Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish. Nickajack Reservoir Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water. Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks. Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures. Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings. Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted. Bluegill: Good. Use crickets or worms around steep banks in the river for the better results. Dale Hollow Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling. Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water. Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water. Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds. Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 30 feet of water near the dam. Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water. Cordell Hull Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool. Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water. Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds. Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam. 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.




October 4, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.




October 4, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.




Region 3 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.
Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir
Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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


Dale Hollow
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.
Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.
Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.
Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on points in 30 feet of water near the dam.
Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.
Cordell Hull
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.
Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.
Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.
Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.
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.




Region 3 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 680.97 feet. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Minnows or jigs can be used for bait. Docks located in depths ranging from 8 to 15 feet of water are holding fish. Blowdowns along large creek rocky banks are also holding fish.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. A few fish are being caught on both ends of the lake. Crankbaits, topwater baits and jigs used along the steeper banks or points will provide an opportunity for a smallmouth encounter.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Bass can be caught while using crankbaits, plastic worms, and topwater baits. The bait used will change according to the area being targeted. Grassy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water, boat docks and riprap are all targets.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits. Mid and upper reservoir anglers are catching more fish.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.54 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. Anglers are using crankbaits or plastic worms along the grass close to the large water.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Tailwater anglers are catching some fish while using crankbaits along the banks.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Some anglers caught a few crappie on the upper end. Minnows and jigs are equal opportunity offerings.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Extreme upper reservoir and the lower reservoir are the areas being targeted.

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

Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 77 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on topwater baits while chasing shad in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught under schooling shad on spoons and drop shots in about 25 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is slow. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several saugers are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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 27, 2017 Fishing Report

Chickamauga Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation at time of report: 681.14 feet. The water surface temperature is 73 degrees.

Crappie: Good. Look for docks in 10 plus feet of water with a break underneath. Large sloughs with brush piles located in 12 feet of water or deeper also is a likely location to catch some crappies. Jigs are used most often around docks. Minnows or jigs can be used for brushpiles.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Just a few reports and no observations. Moving water, a steep bank and a crankbait is the most talked about combination.

Largemouth Bass: Slow. As always a few anglers are loading up on fish. The average angler and most anglers are not catching that many fish. Punching grass and casting frogs are the best techniques.

Striped bass: Good. Fish the tailwater with shad.

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

Catfish: Good. Current was needed for the better fishing. Use meaty baits.

Nickajack Reservoir

Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation is 633.63 feet. The water temperature is 73 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Fair. Some anglers are catching a few fish in the tailwater area while casting crankbaits. Lower reservoir anglers are catching a few fish around grassy areas while using topwater baits, plastic worms, and spinnerbaits.

Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Crankbaits used on the upper end of the lake are catching a few fish. Night anglers are catching a few more fish.

Spotted Bass: Fair. Most fish caught are tailwater fish. Live bait or crankbaits are better than other lures.

Crappie: Fair. Just a few fish were caught while using minnows or jigs. Most crappies are caught while using jigs or minnows in still areas in the tailwater.

Catfish: Good. Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits.


Dale Hollow

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is fair and the water temperature is 79 degrees. The water level is at 644 feet and falling.

Smallmouth Bass: A few smallmouths are being caught on structure bugs while fishing black shale banks in 20 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass: A few largemouths are being caught while fishing grass with sinkos in 12- 15 feet of water.

Crappie: A few crappies are being caught near Eastport on minnows in 15 feet of water around grass beds.

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

Shellcracker/Bluegill: Several are being caught on crickets and night crawlers around grass edges in 10-15 feet of water.

Cordell Hull

Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Lake is at summer pool.

Walleye and Sauger: Several sauger are being caught on minnows in the main river channel in 40 feet of water.

Black Bass: A few largemouths are being caught on topwater baits around main lake grass beds.

Smallmouth bass: A few smallies are being caught while drop shotting river channel bluffs near the dam.

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.