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Center Hill: Surface water temperature is averaging 44 degrees. The lake is at the normal elevation for February. Sauger are being caught in the area from Eave’s Bluff to Watts Bar Dam. Jigs tipped with minnows or rigged with some type of trailer is the typical rig used by most anglers. Few crappie are being caught. Some crappie have been caught in 5-6 feet of water adjacent to secondary channels. Most crappie anglers have been searching for fish in a deeper water pattern. Minnows and/or jigs have been used by most anglers. Bass are being caught along secondary and primary channel ledges while using jerkbaits, jigs, and crankbaits. Most anglers are having difficulty in catching great numbers of bass. Catfish are being caught while using cut bait in the main channel. Shellcrackers are being caught in the vicinity of the nuclear plant on the upper end of the lake.Jigs and worms are being used for bait by most anglers.
Cordell Hull: Fishing is fair. Water temperature is around 41 degrees. A few sauger are being caught on jigs, while fishing channels in 35-45 feet of water. Most fish are being caught between Granville and Gainesboro. A few bass are being caught on crankbaits and jigs on channel banks in 5-10 feet of water. A few crappie are being caught on minnows around laydown trees in 10 feet of water.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is fair. Water temperature is 39 degrees at Lily Dale and about 43 degrees at the dam. Lake is stable. A few smallmouth are being caught on float-n-fly method, while fishing with 10’ leader and jigs on channel banks. A few largemouth and smallmouth are being caught on football jigs on points in 25-35 feet deep.
Watts Bar: The lake is at the normal level for February. The surface water temperature is averaging 44 degrees. The crappie bite is slow. Some anglers are catching a few drifting with minnows in open areas in the larger creeks. Some crankbait trollers are catching suspended fish in large secondary water locations. Most of these fish are 15-20 feet deep in water depths up to 45 feet. Sauger are being caught in the tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam. Jigs tipped with minnows is the standard rig used by most anglers. Catfish are being caught by those drifting in the main channel while using an assortment of natural baits. Stripers are being caught in many areas. The number of fish being caught is low. The middle area of the lake is probably the better area to catch stripers. Following the gulls is an easy way to narrow potential striper holes. Baitfish will normally be present in the area of the gulls. Bass are being caught around main lake points while using anything that can be presented in a slow manner.