John Sevier Lake

 

Report by TWRA Creel Clerks and huntfishbuddy

 

John Sevier Lake Tennessee Fishing Report by Gary Loucks

John Sevier Fishing Report

January 1, 2014

WATER CONDITIONS:

Water temperatures on the reservoir averaged 46.5 degrees over the past five days.  Heavy stained conditions currently exist on the reservoir with fast current and high water.

 

SUMMARY:

Fishing has remained tough all this week through the holidays.  Heavy rains are adding water to the already overfull conditions of the reservoir adding to difficult fishing.

 

LARGEMOUTH & SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Fair

Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are active on John Sevier but fishing conditions are negatively affected by the very recent cold snap and increased water flow. It is recommended to fish for smallmouth as far upstream as one can get and use baits with silver and/or green bodies.  Dark red or orange with red metal is a preferred lure.  Red or purple spinner baits should work on the upper river sections.

The following is unchanged from last week.

 

REDEAR SUNFISH & CRAPPIE:  Fair

Redear and crappie fishing successes remain low over the past week.

Most anglers are using minnows but, more and more are throwing the tiny crappy spinners, neither method having much luck.

Much of the following information remains unchanged.  The varying water conditions on the reservoir makes for difficult fishing.  One must just keep at it.

 

CATFISH:  Good

Catfish fishing seems to always be reliable. Channel cats are the predominant catfish in the reservoir.

Bluegills, chicken livers, large minnows, night crawlers, and even swim baits stuffed with fish attractor have been seen used by anglers.  Bluegills and night crawlers have been used with most success.

Catfish have been found primarily in mid-stream with many caught closer to shore where the shoreline plunges quickly.  The river bottom is mud, so anglers can’t go wrong fishing just about anywhere.  A tip would be to fish where there is at least a slight current, bordered by a mud flat.  This type of water condition is preferable over a large pool of unmoving water.

 

 

 

 

 

John Sevier Fishing Report

December 11, 2013

WATER CONDITIONS:

Water temperatures on the reservoir averaged 42.4 degrees over the past five days with stained conditions.    Water flow through the reservoir has been high due to recent heavy rain and a larger than normal out-flow from Patrick Henry Reservoir.  The lake is now approximately 2.5 feet above normal levels and is flowing over the river banks in places.  This condition should abate as water levels will return to normal over the next 24 hour period if the rains stay away.

 

SUMMARY:

Fishing has been difficult with the advent of the very persistent rains over the past week.  The stained water has presented many challenges to anglers who braved the foul weather.  Stained water combined with very rapid current resulted in many empty creels.

 

LARGEMOUTH & SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Fair

Those anglers who braved the rains and less than optimum water conditions tried a host of baits.  Everything from jerk baits and spinner baits to crank baits and varieties of plastic were tried.  Probably the most effective bait used over the past week was the plain old night crawler.

As a reminder, it is recommended to use dark colored baits as long as the water is discolored.

 

REDEAR SUNFISH & CRAPPIE:  Fair

Redear and crappie fishing successes were very low over the past week.

Most anglers are using minnows but, more and more are throwing the tiny crappie spinners but, the fish weren’t cooperating very well.

Much of the following information remains unchanged.  The varying water conditions on the reservoir makes for difficult fishing.

Try fishing through the channels between swaths of vegetation with crappie jigs and bobber.  Red worms with bobber will work great too.  Use a crappie jigs in green or yellow on a bobber with the bait held just off the bottom.  Silver crappie spinners tipped with green worms have been working well when fished around wood and at the edge of vegetation.

Redear are dispersed at all points of the reservoir.  It is recommended to fish all the wood at shoreline and the more shallow water beside Burem Island.  Also, fish the more shallow areas adjacent to the retention pond near the steam plant.

 

CATFISH:  Good

Catfish fishing seems to always be reliable. Channel cats are the predominant catfish in the reservoir.

Bluegills, chicken livers, large minnows, night crawlers, and even swim baits stuffed with fish attractor have been seen used by anglers.  Bluegills and night crawlers have been used with most success.

Catfish have been found primarily in mid-stream with many caught closer to shore where the shoreline plunges quickly.  The river bottom is mud, so anglers can’t go wrong fishing just about anywhere.  A tip would be to fish where there is at least a slight current, bordered by a mud flat.  This type of water condition is preferable over a large pool of unmoving water.

Catfish have been found primarily in mid stream with many caught closer to shore where the shoreline plunges quickly.  The river bottom is mud so anglers can’t go wrong fishing just about anywhere.  A tip would be to fish where there is at least a slight current bordered by a mud flat.  Catfish “will” be found next to that current on the mud flat.  This type of water condition is preferable to a large pool of unmoving water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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