Monday, February 8, 2016

Fishing with Big Willy in Roane County TN, - February 2, 2016 Fishing Report:

Dale Hollow:
Reservoir Conditions:
Water temperature is 50 degrees. Water levels are falling.

Largemouth Bass: GOOD -fishing is good. Lots of largemouths are being caught on football jigs on drops and roadbeds in 25 feet of water.
Smallmouth Bass:GOOD- Several smallmouths are being caught on the lower end of the lake on flys in 20-30 feet of water.

Center Hill:
Reservoir Conditions:
Water temperature is 50 degrees and the water level is stable.
Small and Largemouth Bass:GOOD -A lot of bass are being caught on the channel banks in 15-30 feet of water on jigs. A few bass are being caught in creeks on A-rigs while fishing under shad.
Crappie:SLOW -A few crappie are being caught while fishing under docks with minnows in 15 feet of water.

Chickamauga Reservoir:
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 677.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 48 degrees.
Largemouth Bass:FAIR - 4 to 6 feet of water next to deep drop-offs is the target area. Jigs, lipless lures, and jerkbaits are being used most often. Some big fish are being caught, but the number of fish being caught is not great.
Smallmouth Bass: SLOW- Deeper water or tailwaters are targeted more frequently. Jigs or crankbaits are being used.
Crappie:GOOD - Open water drifters are catching more fish than other anglers. Most of these fish are suspended fish.
Striped bass:Most fish being caught are being caught by bass anglers. Many of those are casting the rig.
Bluegill: Good- Bank anglers fishing slow along the bottom with worms and small hooks are catching plenty of fish.
SaugerWalleye: Good -The spillways are open making conditions difficult to effectively present the bait or lure. Only a few fish are being caught.
Catfish: Good - Cut-bait is the bait of choice for many anglers. Some anglers are catching large fish. The number of fish being caught is not great. The river is the best area.

Watts Bar:
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 738.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 47 degrees.
Largemouth Bass:  SLOW - Some anglers are catching a few quality fish. The number of fish being caught is not great for most anglers. Jigs, lipless lures, and jerkbaits are being used more often than other lures. The “Rig” is being used to catch suspended fish. Various depths are being targeted depending on the wind, ambient temperature, and water clarity.
Smallmouth Bass: SLOW- The same baits and water depths as those for largemouth are being used.
Walleye/Sauger: SLOW- Water flows below the dam are not favorable for those targeting tailwater fish. Some fish are being caught while bouncing jigs off the bottom. Protected areas are being targeted by some to avoid the rough or swift water.
Crappie:FAIR - Crappie anglers are catching some open water fish in the large creeks in the deeper areas. Drifting or trolling while using minnows or jigs is the technique that seems to be better than other techniques.
Catfish:GOOD - Meaty baits used in the river while anchored or drifting is the combination that is working for many anglers. Large fish are being caught. The number of fish being caught is not great.
Striped bass:Mid lake anglers seem to be catching more striped bass than other anglers. Many of these fish are being caught by bass anglers.

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