Monday, July 18, 2016

Fishing with Big Willy on Watts Bar Lake, Roane County, TN

Watts Bar
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Some of the better fishing is at night. A few anglers are catching fish using topwater lures. Some anglers are catching fish on the usual summer patterns such as points, ledges, and irregular features in the deeper water. Plastic worms, jigs and crankbaits are the preferred lures.
Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth.

Crappie: Night anglers are catching fish under lights in different areas while using minnows and occasionally jigs.

Striped bass: Shad used for bait in the upper reservoir and tailwater areas is the combination for catching stripers. Current needs to be present for the better results.

Bluegill: Rocky banks and boat docks are the areas being targeted for bluegill. Worms or crickets are the better baits.

White Bass: Surface schooling in the evening is common in the mid lake. Spinner type lures and small topwater baits are being used for bait. Look for main channel humps or breaks when the surface feeders are not present. Heavy spinner type lures are being used on these ledges to catch white bass.

Catfish: Meaty baits are being used in the main channel to catch a lot of catfish when adequate current is present. Most fishing for catfish occurs in the mid to upper reservoir.

Chickamauga
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Most fish are being caught along the grass edges while using plastic worms. Large water areas are better.

Smallmouth Bass: Most smallmouths are being caught close to the dam in the tailwater by anglers targeting other species.

Crappie: Most crappies are being caught under docks during the daylight hours or under lights at night. Jigs or minnows can be used for bait.

Catfish: Current increases the odds of having a positive fishing trip when catching fish matters. Use some type of meaty bait.

Striped bass: Shad is the best bait. The tailwater is the best area. Current needs to be present. Some big fish were caught last week. The number of fish caught was lower than normal.

White Bass: Schooling activity is occurring late in the evening. The Hiwassee River and the mid reservoir are the better areas. Topwater lures and spinner type lures are being used.

Dale Hollow
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good and the water temperature is 85 degrees. The water level is at 648 feet and the lake is rising.

Smallmouth Bass: Lots of nice smallmouths are being caught on soft plastics, jigs, and spinner baits while fishing points and drops in 15 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass: Lots of largemouths are being caught on jigs and soft plastics while fishing grass in 10-15 feet of water.

Walleye: Lots of Walleye are being caught while trolling night crawlers on main lake flats in 22 feet of water.

Caney Fork River
Reservoir Conditions: Fishing is good.
Trout: Lots of trout are being caught on flies and spinners in periods of no flow between the dam and Betty’s Island.

Stripers: Several big stripers are being caught below Betty’s Island to Carthage while fishing shad.

Courtesy: TWRA

Wednesday, November 27, 2013







Deer Killing in Tennessee, Monster Bucks with Big Willy

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Opening day of Bow season 2013
Middle Tennessee


Blast from the past.
Spear fishing catfish on Norris Lake.
Willard Mead & John Ray