TWRA Weekly Fishing Forecast

TWRA Weekly Fishing Forecast

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Boone Reservoir - 6-6-24

Forecast Contributor – Richard Markland, Region 4 Fisheries Technician

Reservoir Conditions- Reservoir elevation is 1381.51. The water temperature is 7* degrees. Water clarity 5-10’ visibility.

Bass- Fair- Largemouth, Spots and are being caught mostly on Jigs and soft plastic finesse baits (worms, creature baits) in deeper water on rocky banks and bluffs. Early morning has been good on topwater baits. Pop- R, Wake baits, Buzz baits

Crappie- No Report

Trout- No Report

Striped Bass/Hybrid Bass- Fishing is Good. Most of the fish are being caught Davis Dock upstream to Bluff City area on Holston side and Sonny's Marina area up to Knob Creek area trolling spoons and Shad.

Center Hill – 6-12-24

Forecast Contributor – Will Schibig, Region III Creel Clerk.

Reservoir Conditions-

Center Hill Dam is continuing its low flow generation with an average of 1,600 cfs per day. Center Hill reservoir elevation has dropped to 645’. Surface water temperatures have rose to the mid-high 80s reservoir wide. On the upper end, water clarity is 3-5’ of visibility while the lower end by the dam is more 5-10’. Be cautious of other boaters and floating debris, especially if fishing at night.

Bass- Fishing is slow. Bass are being caught mostly at night or during the twilight period feeding windows. Early in the morning target creek mouths, points, or main lake chunk rock banks with topwater and small swimbaits. During the middle of the day bass can be caught in 15-20 FOW around main lake flooded trees near the bottom with finesse presentations like drop shots, shaky heads, or Neko rigs.

Sunfish- Fishing is good. Anglers are catching sunfish on worms near the bottom around flooded timber in 8-15 FOW or along shade lines in creek arms.

Chickamauga Reservoir June 15th – 16th 2024

Forecast Contributor – Nathan Rogers, Region III Creel Clerk

The weather was hot and sunny throughout the weekend with highs reaching up to 93 degrees. The water temps throughout the lake are still climbing throughout the lake. Current doesn’t seem to pick up until the afternoon. The water levels are now to normal full pool; the latest depth I recorded is below. For any discharge or lake elevation info, check out the TVA Lake Info App.

Reservoir Conditions

Water Temp:

-                      Tennessee River (Lower Section): 87.7 degrees Fahrenheit

Water Clarity:

-                      Tennessee River (River Channel): 4 feet

-                      Creeks/Inlets: 3.5 feet

Water Level: 682.32 feet

Water Flow: (as of June 16th)

-                      Watts Bar Dam: ~ 16650 cfs

-                      Chickamauga Dam: ~ 26970 cfs

Observed Species Information

Bass: Fishing is fair. Anglers seemed to get more bites fishing humps/ledges off of main river and creek channels. The most successful technique observed was fishing deeper flats and humps (15-20 feet) adjacent to main channel with deep diving crankbaits and swimbaits. Many anglers are also finding success on laydowns and flats throwing spinnerbaits, chatter baits and also finesse techniques (Wacky, Texas, and Dropshot). Topwater bites are picking up over shallow grass flats as well.

Catfish: Fishing is fair. Using live/cut bait on river channel below dam in current. Anglers using jugs for fishing seem to be most successful.

Chickamauga - 6-20-24

Forecast Contributor – Billy Wheat, Follow on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/riprapfishingadventures and www.riprapfishing.net

Chickamauga and Watts Bar are fishing the same and covered up with boats. The water level is slammed full and every day is the weekend! Good thing is the afternoon and evening they are dumping the Dams! Bad thing is morning not much current. That’s not a problem for the Scoping Program and The Minner! Graph work and FFS is what it takes. With all the FFS baits and heads flooding the market the thing I have figured out stay as light as possible and your bait in the strike zone. The new baits will swim when they leave and you can catch them on the crank! These fish are 8 to 35 feet! The wood and shell beds are good! Big Worms and Football jigs for the slower fishermen and don’t forget The Minner! If you can jerk a spoon and sling a big plug by all means you see a school bust em! The grass bass are lightweight worms and swim jigs.

Douglas Lake 6-6-24

Forecast Contributor Brad Burkhart –  Follow on Facebook

Fishing is great right now on Douglas lake. The weather is nice, the water temps are still cool ……. And with that the bite is somewhat different than years past.

The schools of offshore bass that Douglas is known for are just not out there “deep” yet. But the bite is still very good. I’m have a lot of success fishing the shallower areas that serve as stop offs between the spawning areas and the summer haunts. These places include flats with ditches, main channel bushes that are close to deep water, and also the docks on the main channel.

My baits of choice are Carolina rig, Neko rig, also a spinner bait and football jig.

Don’t worry, the water will warm and the schools will be in 35’ before you know it.

Hope this helps,

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Hiwassee River below Appalachia Powerhouse – 6-10-24

Forecast Contributor- Tic Smith/Southeastern Anglers Guide Service

River Conditions –Water clarity – clear. A mix of 0 to 2 generators.

Water temps – 57-62 degrees

Fishing this week has been really tough for the majority of the day. Bluebird skies and varying generation schedules have the trout just not feeding during the midday hours. Fishing picks up in the late afternoon with sulphur hatches.

The stripers have made it to Reliance so trout fishing from Big Bend downstream will be marginal at best for the rest of the summer.

Kentucky Lake 6-12-24

By Steve McCadams, Professional Guide/Outdoor Writer (stevemc@charter.net)

JUNE CRAPIE BITE HOLDS UP…CATFISH/BASS ON MAIN LAKE LEDGES

Decent stringers of crappie continue to show up in the coolers of June anglers who know how to stalk the main lake ledges and deeper brush piles and stake beds. Despite the heat fishing has held up pretty good for those rising early and hitting the lake before a midday sun becomes a game changer. “Get up and get going” is the motto among the ranks of summer fishermen who know the early morning hours offer the best opportunity, especially when some cloud cover teams up with a light southern breeze.

The first official day of summer arrived last Thursday but summer weather has been on the scene for several weeks for Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene. Lake levels remain stable and holding around the summer pool levels of 359. TVA is discharging around 23,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) through Kentucky Dam which means a slow current is present in the main Tennessee River channel area most days. Water color remains clear. Surface temperatures have warmed to the 83 to 85 degree range.

June has long been a month that’s overlooked by crappie anglers here as the fish bite good once they begin to relate to midrange depth structure. Finding submerged structure in the 9 to 15 foot depth range will produce crappie. Some deeper venues have given up fish too such as the deep side of a main lake ledge in the 16 to 20 foot depth range. Locating structure is the key, especially if baitfish activity is present.

Lately most anglers are relying on a jig tipped with a minnow or in many cases fishing a minnow only. There are some casting jigs around the deeper structure and having success with that technique as well. Others are using a vertical presentation of a double hook bottom bumping rig, moving along slowly while closely monitoring their sonar screen looking for structure and baitfish. The double hook rig allows anglers to feel the structure while closely watching their line and rod tip for light strikes from finicky summer crappie.

Tying into a catfish or hefty largemouth bass is all part of the thrill too as summer fishing out on the main lake ledges can produce a wide variety of species. Annoying yellow bass often school out there with some larger white bass as well. Seems there’s always some activity once you establish the right depth range.

A slow flow out on the Tennessee River channel has produced a decent catfish bite at times. Current is the key as without it the balls of baitfish just don’t move around much feeding on the plankton that moving water stimulates. Depths of 35 to 45 feet have held catfish lately and some even deeper at times.

Baits such as chicken liver, nightcrawlers, big minnows, cut bait from small bluegill or shad plus a variety of commercial stink bait concoctions have worked well for summer cat fishermen, Moving along slowly with the current while observing your sonar screen watching for schools of shad is the ticket.

Bass fishermen are concentrating most of their efforts on main lake ledges these days. Tossing big crankbaits or perhaps hopping a jig and craw or working a Texas rigged worm has produced a few nice stringers lately. Some opt for tossing Carolina rigged worms or swim bait presentations. Still producing are some shallow tree laps along main lake shorelines or river island rims where schools of pin minnows are hiding in the cover. Seems there’s always some bass activity along the shallow weeds and tree laps or blowdowns once pin minnows are located.

Best bets are tossing a white or chartreuse/blue skirted spinnerbait with a gold willow leaf blade. As summer progresses wise are the anglers who hit the lake early and get several hours of fishing in before a midday sun and stagnant wind takes over and calls the shots.

Summer fishing can be quite good. Put your catch on ice instead of a hot live well. Just realize your limitations and adjust your schedule. Keep plenty of cold water accessible and be liberal with the sunscreen applications.

Nickajack Lake - 6-5-24

Forecast Contributor Ethan Castle – Whitwell High School Bass Team

Fishing has been really good lately. Water temps have been in the low 80s. Most of my fish have been coming out deep in 15-20 feet of water. I have been throwing a big crank bait with chartreuse and blue back, or a green pumpkin football jig for the tougher days. You can also throw a 5 inch Scottsboro swim bait at them and catch some bigger ones. Fishing grass clumps have been producing big ones as well, mainly around 8-12 feet of water. throwing a white or green pumpkin chatter bait has been the main bait, and for the tougher days you can throw a zoom ol monster in plum or June bug color and catch them.

Normandy Lake - 6-6-24

Forecast Contributor Captain Jake DavisFollow on Facebook

Normandy is producing some good fish and especially in the morning and late evening hours. Current water levels are at 875.42 and headed up to 875.46by Sunday morning. Crank baits, Texas Rigs or Tightline Jigs have been our go to.  We found several really nice bass using shaky heads at the end of points in 4 to 10 feet of water. Walleye can be caught trolling crank baits or drifting minnows/crawler harnesses on flats and in the river. Keep an eye on the habitat that TWRA and TN Bass Nation put out the last couple years Water temperatures range from 78 to 83 degrees.  Please wear your life vest all the time while on the water. Capt. Jake 615-613-2382 or msbassguide@comcast.net

Percy Priest – 6-13-24

Forecast Contributor Brian Carper - briancarper.com - Follow on Facebook

Bass fishermen have had a couple pattern options this week. While schools of bass are still being caught on ledges and humps in 10 - 20 feet the shallow bite has been producing as well! Square bill crankbaits, plastic worms and topwater lures have been productive on the upper end in 1 to 5 feet of water. Flats that are holding shad have been successful for schooling bass. In addition, humps, points and ledges in 10 to 20ft with big plum worms and deep crankbaits in shad pattern and chartreuse and blue pattern have been successful. Within a mile of Fate Sanders there have been many areas holding fish. Also, mid-lake near Bryant's Grove and Hong Kong Island has been good. This time of year use your electronics and scan fish before you cast.

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Pickwick - 6-5-24

Forecast Contributor Tyler Finley – Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tyler.finley.750

The fish are finally in their summertime patterns. Shad spawn is still going first thing in the morning on shallow bars. These fish will be caught on a white swim bait and topwater. After the sun comes up you need to start to look on the ledges for schools. The majority of the schools are around state line island. These fish will be caught on a jig, Carolina rig, swim bait, and big crank bait. If you are able to find a school and make them bite it is easy to catch a large bag of fish in a hurry. Good luck!

Tims Ford - 6-13-24

Forecast Contributor Captain Jake DavisFollow on Facebook

Even with the heat Its still time to go fishing in Tennessee! We’ve found some nice fish active early in the mornings. Our best fish came on 3/8 Shaky Head with a Magnum Trick worm and ½ ounce Tightline Green Tequila Jig this week work around brush piles in 2 to 12 foot of water. Overall numbers are holding good with 15 to 20 fish per ½ day and quality is still good this past week as well.  Presentations were Texas Rigged and Carolina rigged soft plastics, Tightline Mussel Crawler jigs tipped with Twin Tail grub. Stripe and rock fish are schooling in the mornings still.   The current Lake level is 888.03 with a forecasted level remain close to 888.01 over the weekend.  Water temps are between 79 to 84 degrees on most of the lake.  Best ramps are Tims Ford Marina, Bass Club at Winchester City Park, State Park, Lost Creek, Turkey Creek and Devils Step at Fairview. Please wear your life vest all the time while on the water, watch for floating logs and other boaters. Capt. Jake 615-613-2382 or msbassguide@comcast.net

Watts Bar - 6-20-24

Forecast Contributor – Billy Wheat, Follow on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/riprapfishingadventures and www.riprapfishing.net

Watts Bar is slammed full and every day is the weekend! Good thing is the afternoon and evening they are dumping the Dams! Bad thing is morning not much current. That’s not a problem for the Scoping Program and the Minner! Graph work and FFS is what it takes. With all the FFS baits and heads flooding the market the thing I have figured out stay as light as possible and your bait in the strike zone. The new baits will swim when they leave and you can catch em on the crank! These fish are 8 to 35 feet! The wood and shell beds are good! Big Worms and Football jigs for the slower fishermen and don’t forget The Minner! If you can jerk a spoon and sling a big plug by all means you see a school bust em! The grass bass are lightweight worms and swim jigs.

Watts Bar 6-13-24

Forecast Contributor Captain Wallace SitzesFollow on Facebook

With the high temps during the day, pretty warm temps at night and very little wind,  the water temp came up fast. Most of the bass and shellcracker left their beds and probably won't go back on unless we get a good cold front. Bluegill and some crappie will go on and off their beds depending on the weather.  Fishing around cold creeks that dump into the main river will prolong their spawning in some areas. Catfish will go in and out of spawn until about August. 

The majority of the big bass I've been getting are hanging around very shallow structure close to deep drop offs. This allows them to stay cool while being shallow enough to ambush shad and hatching minnows without wasting a bunch of energy.  

White bass are all over the place right now,  but usually stack up around sand bars and river bends. They are hard to miss with sonar. If you go out early morning or about 7 pm you'll see them busting the surface gorging on threadfin. They can be caught all day jigging or using spoons,  but I just fish for them when they are busting the surface. There used to be a lot of big striper mixed in with them but jug lines and illegal commercial trot lines have wiped out a lot of them.  

Cat fishing is good this time of year and they can show up just about anywhere. If the water isn't flowing very much I fish the top of sandbars close to bait fish and white bass. Live bluegill, cut bluegill and white bass are great baits right now. Shad also works well this time of year,  but you will have to sift through a lot of small cats to get the big ones. No matter what bait you use, fresh bait that hasn't been frozen is always a lot better for consistently catching big catfish. If you ever wanted to try grabbing or "noodling",  this is the time of year for it. It's not for the faint of heart. You will get cut up. You will get your fingers chomped and twisted and could easily break a wrist or even drown.  I would only suggest doing it with someone who is very experienced at it. 

Wilbur Tailwater - 6-6-24

Forecast Contributor – Richard Markland, Region 4 Fisheries Technician

Tailwater Conditions- Tailwaters elevation 1585.75. Avg discharge is 240 cfm. The water temperature is 40-45* on the upper end of the tailwater. Water clarity is clear top to bottom. The fishing conditions change throughout the length of the tailwaters with flow rates and temperature.

Trout- Fishing is good. The most productive areas are Wilbur Dam downstream to Hunter area, not a lot of big fish but if you are looking for numbers the upper end is the place to be. Trout are being caught using Rapalas, Night crawler, Rooster tails, Small Flies, Streamers.

Woods Reservoir 6-13-24

Forecast Contributor Captain Jake Davis – Follow on Facebook

Grass lines and Brush have been the remain your best bet, Bass and Crappie all can be found along grass edges and on deeper cover. Best numbers are still coming on a shaky head rigged finesse bait and a Tightline Mussel Crawler Jig in Green Tequila. We found our better fish in 6 to 10 foot of water using Texas Rigged D-Bombs from Missile Baits and Tightline Mussel Crawler jigs tipped with Twin Tail grubs, soft plastics, and Carolina Rigs. Drifting or trolling with spider rigs for Crappie is picking up some nice slabs but you have to weed through the short fish. Water temperatures range from 79 to 82 degrees. Please wear your life vest all the time while on the water. Give me a call to book your trip, Summer fishing can be lots of fun on Woods. Capt. Jake 615-613-2382 or msbassguide@comcast.net

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