Monday, April 20, 2015

Fishing with Big Willy in Tennessee - April 2015


Center Hill: 

Crappie: A few crappie are being caught on laydown trees with minnows in 2-to-5 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass: A lot of bass are being caught. Most fish are shallow and many are bedding. Plastic worms, topwater lures, spinnerbaits, and jigs are lures that are being used often.
Smallmouth Bass: A few fish are being caught in the tailwaters. Jigs or crankbaits are the primary baits being used.
Crappie: Many shallow crappie are being caught. Many have spawned. Jigs or minnows are being used to catch crappie near brush or stumps.
Striped bass: Most fish are downstream and have not reached the tailwaters. Bass anglers are catching a few along the river banks.
Bluegill: Worms or crickets are being used in shallow water to catch a lot of bluegill. Some shellcrackers are being caught in the same area
Sauger / Walleye: Some anglers are catching a few while bouncing jigs along the bottom. Most anglers are fishing other species.
Catfish: Many shallow fish are being caught in the sloughs. Most of the baits associated with catfishing are being used.
Bass:  A few bass are being caught on soft plastics while fishing shallow brush in 2-to-5 feet of water.  Crappie:  A few crappie are being caught on minnows around willow bushes in 2 feet of water.  Shellcrackers:  A few shellcrackers are being caught while fishing night crawlers around willow bushes in 5 feet of water.
Walleye:  Several walleye are being caught while throwing jerk baits and crank baits on points in 5-to-10 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass: A lot of fish are being caught in shallow sloughs while using a variety of baits. Lipless lures, topwater baits, spinnerbaits, and crank baits are being used by many anglers.
Smallmouth Bass: Secondary points and gradual sloping banks in the sloughs are areas that anglers are experiencing some success. Small plastic and creature lures are being used.
Sauger / Walleye: Those tailwater river drifters are catching fish while using jigs along the bottom.
Crappie: Shallow water drifters and trollers are catching a lot of fish while using jigs or minnows.
Catfish: Most catfish are in the creeks or sloughs and meaty baits are being used.
Striped bass:  Those that generally catch a lot of fish are not catching many yet. It shouldn’t be long before tailwater stripers start showing up.

Chickamauga


April 14, 2015 Fishing Reports

Center Hill: 

Bass:  Lots of bass are being caught on top water baits and soft plastics while fishing shallow water with color.
Smallmouth bass:  Several smallmouth are being caught on flat points on slim baits in 10 feet of water.   Crappie:  A few crappie are being caught on minnows around fallen trees in 5 feet of water.
Walleye:  A few walleye are being caught above Pates Ford while trolling jerk baits in 10 feet of water.

Chickamauga Reservoir:  

Largemouth Bass: Some bass are spawning, most are still in deeper water close to the spawning areas. Lipless lures, jigs, and plastic worms are the most used baits.
Smallmouth Bass: No observations and almost no reports.
Crappie:

Crappie: Deep crappie can be caught in the large water secondary areas. Most are shallow. Minnows and jigs are being used. It doesn’t get any better than now.
Striped bass: Tailwater stripers are scarce. Most are downstream and those that are caught are not targeted fish.
Bluegill: Fish shallow water and areas close to shallow water. Crickets, wax worms and red worms are the best baits.
Sauger: Some tailwater sauger are being caught along with a few walleyes. A jig used along the main channel bottom is the best technique. The number of fish being caught is not great, but more than in previous weeks.
Catfish: Most catfish are shallow in the sloughs. Use meaty baits.

Bass: Several bass are being caught on soft plastics and top water baits while fishing around shallow cover.
Smallmouth:  A few smallmouth are being caught on slim baits on gravel flats in 10 feet of water. 
Crappie:  A few crappie are being caught using jigs and minnows in willow bushes in 2 feet of water.
Shellcrackers:  Several shellcrackers are being caught on night crawlers in gravel pockets in 5 feet of water.
Watts Bar: 
Largemouth Bass:Shallow water, secondary points, and shallow ledges are the locations many bass are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Secondary points are target areas and jigs are being used. Several smallmouth are being caught.
Walleye / Sauger: Ft. Loudon tailwaters and jigs used along the bottom is the combination anglers are using to catch a few fish. 7 keepers is the most that has been observed.
Crappie: Shallow water crappie are being caught by tightliners and trollers. Minnows and/or jigs are being used. Several crappie are being caught.
Catfish: Most crappie are being caught while using meaty baits in the shallow sloughs or creeks.
Striped bass: Tailwater fish are sparse. Most fish are being caught in the mid lake.
Fishing is slow.  Water temperature is 65 degrees; lake is slowly rising. 
Bass:  A few bass are being caught on topwater baits while fishing 2-to-5 feet of water.  A few smallmouth are being caught on swim baits on gravel flats in 10 feet of water.


Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 680.5 degrees. The water surface temperature is 72 degrees in some areas. Launching is becoming a difficult problem for local anglers especially on the weekends.

Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 63 degrees; lake is rising.

Watts Bar:
  
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 739.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 70 degrees in many areas.


 Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 62 degress; lake is fairly stable. 

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 680.9 feet. The water surface temperature is 64 in many areas.

Dale Hollow:  

Fishing is good.  Water temperature is 60 degrees; lake is rising.

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 739.1 feet. The water surface temperature is 63 degrees in many areas.

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