United States
35° 13' 48" N, 85° 4' 48" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Windy Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Stained 1 fish caught

We started around 1600 and the wind was blowing out of the West.  Stopped at a couple of locations with only little success, most under 9".  Moved on back into waters between 2' to 5' and found both white and black crappie holding on one tree hanging in the water.  We lost several nice ones that got caught up in the trees but for about an hour (sun going down and wind blowing making it cool) we caught and kept 12 crappie black and white that were over 12".  That was Tuesday this week.  Wind to bad to go out yesterday but hope to check it out this afternoon.  Got the bass tournament Saturday and it is suppose to be cold, I sure hope the high school boys wear something warm.  I as the captain can not fish and scales open at 2 so I hope we limit quick so I can go find more Bass and crappie.  Oh yea, I have been prefishinf as well for this tournament and the bass are hitting very good as well. 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1White CrappieMinnow
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet.  Current elevation: 677.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 53 degrees in the river with warmer temperatures in the shallow water.

Largemouth Bass: Bass anglers are catching plenty of fish. Some very shallow water fish are being caught while using lipless lures and spinnerbaits. The larger fish are being caught along the ledges close to shallow water.

Smallmouth Bass: Large smallmouth are being caught intermittently in the tailwaters. Jigs or swimbaits are being used.

Crappie: Trollers are catching a lot of fish in many areas of the lake while using jigs. Some anglers are targeting creek channels, bay shallows and staging locations in between these areas.

Striped bass: Some striped bass are being caught by bass anglers while they cast various lures including the “Rig”.

Bluegill: Crappie trollers are catching many bluegill while using jigs.

Sauger/Walleye: A few fish are being caught by those on the bank and in boats near the tailwaters. Jigs or minnows used along the bottom is the better technique. More walleye than sauger are being caught.

Catfish: Catfish are being caught by those using an assortment of meaty baits. The number of catfish being caught has not been great, but some quality fish are being caught.

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 681.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 73 degrees. Temperature varies several degrees depending on time of day and location. Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are catching their fish on surface lures over or near main lake grass. Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth are being caught. Most smallmouth caught are bonus catches and most catches occur while using crankbaits near rock points or bluffs on the main channel. Spotted Bass: Rocky banks, jigs or crankbaits in combination will probably increase the odds of catching spotted bass. Crappie: Crappie fishing is good now and it will only get better with the cooling weather. Minnows or jigs used around blowdowns on deeper banks would be a good starting point. Deeper docks in sloughs or the main lake is another pattern where crappie can be caught. Striped bass: Tailwater anglers at times at catching a lot of fish while using shad. Some of those being caught weigh more than 30 pounds. White Bass: Several fish are being caught at times when the conditions are favorable. Spoons and spinner-type lures are the best baits to use. Top water baits are great when the white bass are surface feeding. Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is always good. Small jigs, worms, and crickets are the best baits. Many locations are good for bluegill. Rock banks along the main channel or in the creeks are good areas to catch bluegill. River drifters in the upper reservoir are catching plenty of bluegill with a few shellcrackers in the mix. Catfish: Many catfish are being caught by river drifters when the current is favorable. Meaty baits are always good. Chicken parts, shad, bluegill, shrimp and many other baits are used by those that pursue catfish.