January 21 FISHING REPORTS
Center Hill:Fishing is good. Water temperature is 48 degrees; lake is fairly stable. Bass: Lots of bass are being caught on A-rigs, tailspinners and jigs on points and channel banks in 15-to-25 feet of water. Crappie: A few crappie are being caught around sunken brush piles on jigs in 20 feet of water.
Chickamauga Reservoir: Reservoir Conditions: Summer
normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.
Current elevation: 677.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 48
Largemouth Bass: Good. Anglers casting along river
banks with the rig are having a few good days. Some large bay area fish
are being caught while using jigs or the rig.
Smallmouth Bass: Good. More smallmouth than usual are
being caught on the lower end and tailwater anglers are catching several
also while using the rig or jigs. Main lake banks are better.
Crappie: Many crappie are being caught around some
docks and in large secondary waters under baitfish. Jigs or minnows are
Striped bass: Not many reports or observations.
Bluegill: Fish in deep creeks near the bottom while using small jigs or worms.
Sauger: Slow. Very few sauger and walleye are being caught.
Catfish: Good. Drifters are catching a lot of fish in the main channel while using meaty bait from various sources.
Dale Hollow: Fishing is good. Water temperature is 47 degrees; lake is fairly stable. Smallmouth Bass: Lots of smallmouth are being caught on A-rigs and tailspinners while fishing flat points in 25-to-35 feet of water. Largemouth: Several largemouth are being caught on A-rigs while fishing drops in the river in 20-to-30 feet of water. Musky: A few musky are being caught while trolling large stick baits near Willow Grove in 30 feet of water.
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal
elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current
elevation: 736.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 48 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Some fish are being caught, but the rate of fish being caught is less than in previous weeks. Most are casting the rig.
Smallmouth Bass: Slower than in recent weeks probably because the bait fish are moving.
Walleye: Slow. A few fish are being caught while using jigs.
Sauger: Slow. No observations and few reports.
Crappie: Good. Crappie are being caught in large bays
along the bottom underneath large balls of bait fish. Some anglers are
catching fish out of deep brush.
Catfish: Good. River drifters in all areas are
catching a lot of fish. Upper reservoir is the most fished area for
catfish. Use almost any meaty bait.
Striped bass: Fair. Mid lake is the better area. Bass anglers are catching these fish on the rig.