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Caney Fork: Fishing is good. Several small rainbows and brooks are being caught on flies from the dam to Betty’s Island. A few nice rockfish are being caught near Carthage on top water baits in the late afternoon.
Center Hill: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 81 degrees. Lake is fairly stable. A few bass are being caught on drop shots in 25 feet of water on points. A few crappie are being caught in sunken brush piles on minnows in 20 feet of water. Walleye fishing is very slow.
Chickamauga: The surface water temperature has been in the upper 70s in many areas of the lake over the weekend. Most anglers have reported catches that reflect the dog days of summer even though the calendar suggests September. The bass have been caught in many areas of the lake, but the flats adjacent to the main channel seem to be the better location for targeting bass. Topwater weedless lures and plastic worms have been used for bait by most anglers. Striped bass tailwater anglers have caught enough fish to keep them busy and willing to come back another day. Swimbaits, live bait, jigs and topwater baits have been used successfully to catch these fish. Some crappie anglers have targeted docks and bluffs to catch many crappie. Minnows or jigs have been used to catch these fish at night and during the daylight hours. Most bluff anglers target the river areas and dock pitchers look at river and large water secondary docks. Catfish have been caught by drifters in the main channel. Shad, chicken parts, and various other favorite catfish baits have been used by anglers. Upper reservoir river drifters have caught many bluegill while fishing the main channel with worms or crickets.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 78 degrees. Lake is falling. A few bass are being caught on dropshot in 25 feet of water on points. A few crappie are being caught in the river around falling trees in 20 feet of water on minnows A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons on breaks in 35 feet of water.
Watts Bar: The surface water temperature has been in the upper 70s in many areas. Nearly all areas of the lake have been fished and bass have been located in all areas including some surprisingly shallow fish. The larger number of fish seem to be concentrated in the areas between the very shallow and the primary summer locations. Deeper secondary areas have been fished by more anglers in recent days. Crankbaits, plastic worms, jigs and spoons make up the arsenal most anglers have packed. Some dim light fish have been caught by those using topwater lures and spinnerbaits. White bass have been caught along mid lake drops and humps in the primary areas. Those fish have been caught during late evening hours more often than other times. This is the time of day shad tend to concentrate in the white bass areas. Catfish drifters have caught several fish while fishing the main channel and using meaty baits from various sources. Striped bass anglers have caught several tailwater fish while using artificial and live bait. Shad, jigs, topwater baits and spoons have been the most used baits. A few stripers weighing more than 30 pounds have been caught this previous week. Only a few hardy souls have attempted catching crappie. Those that have fished for crappie have been those that normally catch crappie year around. These anglers have caught deep brush pile fish in large secondary areas primarily deeper than 18 feet deep. Minnows or jigs have been used for bait.