Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fishing With Big Willy on Watts Bar Lake - Fishing Report August 2015

July 27, 2015 Fishing Reports: Center Hill, Chickamauga, Dale Hollow & Watts Bar


Center Hill:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 86 degrees; lake is falling. 
Walleye:  Several walleye are being caught while trolling nightcrawlers rigs on travel flats in 22-to-25 feet of water.
Bass:  Several bass are being caught at night on soft plastics and spinnerbaits while fishing points and ledges in 15-to-20 feet of water.

Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 682.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 85 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Anglers are catching fish along grassy flats near the large water areas. Ledges, and humps in the big water are other areas that are receiving attention. Baits vary according to the area being fished. Some big fish are still being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Most smallmouth are being caught in the tailwaters. Jigs, spoons, and crankbaits are being used.
Crappie: Bluff walls, deep brush and boat docks are being targeted in 10 to 18 feet of water by anglers using minnows or jigs. Several fish are being caught.
Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching a few fish while using shad.
Bluegill: Bluff walls in the river are being fished by those using worms or crickets.
White Bass: Surface action can be found all over the lake. Roostertails or small topwater baits are good choices.
Catfish: Drifters in the river are using any meaty bait to catch several fish. Shrimp was a good choice.

Dale Hollow:  Fishing is good. Water temperature is 86 degrees; lake is stable.
Walleye: Lots of walleye are being caught on the lower end of the lake while jigging spoons in 27-30 feet of water.  A few 10-to-12 pounders have been caught.
Bass:  Several smallmouth have been caught on jigs and spinnerbaits in 10-to-15 feet of water on rocky banks.  Several largemouth have been caught on soft plastics while fishing brush and grass in 20 feet of water.
Catfish:  Several flatheads are being caught on trout lines while baited with bluegill.

Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet.  Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet.  Current elevation: 740.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 85 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Deep summer structure was the best pattern. Those areas closest to the river seemed to be better than other areas. Jigs, plastic worms, spoons, and crankbaits are the best baits.
Smallmouth Bass: Most smallmouth are being caught while fishing the same areas and using the same baits as largemouth.
White Bass: Surface action can be found in many areas of the lake. Spinner type lures and small topwater baits are being used. Several are being caught in the mid lake along deep ledges found near sunken islands.
Crappie: Only a few reports of crappie being caught near lights at night while using minnows.
Catfish: River drifters are catching plenty of fish using meaty baits. Shad is a favorite.
Striped bass: Tailwaters are being fished by anglers using shad or jigs. Several fish are being caught. A guided trip started below Melton Hill Dam with 9 boated stripers being caught and all were over 30 pounds. The trip finished below Ft. Loudon Dam with 9 more stripers being caught and the biggest fish caught in these waters was 15punds.

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