Chickamauga Reservoir:Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 680.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 77 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught along the grass edges and in the grass mats. Frogs are being used in the mats and swimbaits are being used along the edges. The large river flats are being heavily fished. More anglers are fishing in the bays and sloughs than in previous weeks.
Smallmouth Bass: The only reports of fish being caught are in the tailwater area. Some fish are being caught on crankbaits and other lures. Most fish are being caught by striper anglers while using shad for bait.
Crappie: Dock pitchers are catching fish in the deeper areas. Jigs are being used by most for bait.
Striped bass: Shad is the bait of choice. Some days are better than others. The fishing seems to be getting better every day. There were a few stripers caught larger than 25 pounds this week.
Bluegill: Many bluegills are being caught in the upper river in the river bends. Crickets and worms are being used for bait. Boat docks and bluffs are also popular locations to catch bluegill.
Catfish: River drifters are catching fish when there is current. Meaty baits from various sources are being used.
Watts Bar:Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 77 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: The cooler weather is allowing more anglers to catch a few more fish. Topwater lures are being used early and late. Crankbaits are being used at other times more than other lures. More fish are moving in the larger creeks. Many anglers are still targeting the river banks.
Smallmouth Bass: More smallmouths are being caught at night.
Topwater lures, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are being used for bait. Most smallmouths are being caught in the same areas as largemouth. Many fish are being caught around points close to deeper water and near baitfish.
Walleye: Some walleye are being caught in the mid lake along ledges by anglers using crankbaits.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used to catch a few fish around the deeper docks.
Catfish: River current is necessary. Use shad for the best results. Some big catfish are being caught.
Striped bass: More fish are being caught each week. The tailwater areas below Ft. Loudon and
Melton Hill Dams are the top areas to fish. Shad is the better bait. Some fish over 30 pounds are being caught.
Dale Hollow:Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 70 degrees. The water level is at 641 feet and the lake is falling.
Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouth bass are being caught while trolling spoons with downriggers using spoons in 30 feet of water near Willow Grove.
Largemouth Bass: Several largemouths are being caught on shallow running crankbaits in the rivers in 5 feet of water.
Crappie: Several crappies are being caught on minnows around fallen trees in 20 feet of water in the rivers.
Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on drops in 35 feet of water near the dam.
Caney Fork River:Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is great.
Trout: Several trout are being caught on flies, spinners, and corn in periods of no flow between the dam and Betty’s Island.
Stripers: A few striped bass are being caught near Carthage on shads.