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
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.