Fishing Report

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Courtesy of TWRA


Chickamauga: The water surface temperature is in the 50s. Largemouth bass are being targeted along grass edges along open water flats, some very shallow, some in 10 feet of water are the primary targets. Jerk baits, frogs and soft plastics are the best baits. Soft plastics, jigs used in the tailwater areas will be the best combination to catch smallmouth, but just a few being caught. Minnows and jigs are being used to catch crappie Fish bluff walls in current areas, docks with drops underneath, and submerged brush are the target areas. Jigs, shad, topwater lures and spoons in the tailwaters are being used to catch striped bass. Some stripers are headed downstream. Drifters in the upper river, anglers close to bluff walls and crappie anglers are catching a lot of bluegill. Worms and small jigs are being for bait used most often. A few sauger are being caught. Most are being caught by anglers fishing for other species using a variety of baits. Shad is the best bait to catch catfish. Drifters are catching plenty.


Dale Hollow: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 66; lake is falling.  Lots of bass are being caught on Alabama rigs while fishing near schooling shad on drops.  Several crappie are being caught on the rivers around lay down brush in 15-20 feet of water on minnows.  Several bluegill and shellcrackers are being caught on nightcrawlers around grass in 10 feet of water.  


Great Falls:  Fishing is slow.  Water level is extremely low; water temperature is 66 degrees. A few bass are being caught on topwater baits around lay down trees. A few crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows around falling trees. A few musky are being caught on large jerk baits around standing timber.  


Watts Bar:  The water surface temperature has gone into the 50s. Largemouth and smallmouth bass angling along with walleye fishing has been slow. A slight number of sauger are being caught by those using jigs along the bottom. Most of the sauger being caught were caught by those targeting crappie. Crappie fishing has also been slow for many anglers. Look for submerged brush in 16 feet of water and use jigs or minnows. Open water drifters in the river are catching several catfish. Tailwater anglers are catching just a few striped bass. jigs and shad are the best baits. Most stripers are believed to be headed downstream from the tailwaters.