Nickajack Lake Fishing Report: 16 Aug 2017
Reservoir Conditions: Mean elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation: 633.93 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: River flats and plastic worms is the best combination being used. Several fish are being caught.
Spotted Bass: Upper river anglers catch most of the spotted bass. Live bait, jigs, or crankbaits are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: Crankbaits, jigs, and live bait are being used for bait. Fish the tailwater.
Crappie: Most crappies are being caught near Chickamauga Dam in dark and tranquil water. Minnows and jigs are both being used but not together.
Catfish: All observed catfish were caught on the upper reservoir this week by those using shad, chicken parts, or shrimp.
White Bass: Bass anglers in the upper reservoir are catching several white bass while using shad, jigs, or crankbaits.
Striped bass: Some tailwater anglers are catching fish while using live bait.
09 Aug 2017
Reservoir Conditions: Normal elevation: 633.5 feet. Current elevation at report time was 633.18 feet. The water temperature was 80 degrees at the mouth of South Chickamauga Creek in the morning hours on Friday.
Largemouth Bass: River flats were visited more than other places this week. Anglers using spinnerbaits, plastic worms and top water lures were able to locate some fish. Early and late was the better time to fish.
Smallmouth Bass: Tailwater anglers were the only anglers that caught smallmouth. Several baits were being used. Jigs and crankbaits were just 2 baits used.
Spotted Bass: Mostly tailwater action while using crankbaits or jigs.
Crappie: Just a few fish were caught while using minnows or jigs. Most crappie caught was caught while using jigs or minnows in tranquil tailwater.
Catfish: Many fish were caught by drifters. Use meaty baits. Shad, shrimp, or chicken parts will be the best choice. Some large fish were boated this past week.
Bluegill: Use crickets or worms around steep banks in the river for the better results.