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April 05, 2014

April 2014 - Norris Lake TN Fishing Report

Norris Lake Fishing Report Norris Lake Fishing Report Stardust Marina
The water elevation on April 2nd was 1004.7-feet, which is 1.2-feet higher than last Wednesday’s elevation. The water level is predicted to rise 6-inches through Friday, April 4th. The inflow is 3,470 cfs.
Most of the reservoir has clear, or lightly stained water. Some of the protected, warmer coves and main channel areas have a heavy algae bloom which gives the water surface a brown color. Afternoon water surface temperatures were: Cove Creek 52 degrees; Loyston Sea 58 degrees; Lost Creek 55 degrees; Lone Mountain Dock vicinity 58 degrees; Sycamore Creek at Hwy 25E 64 degrees and a dense algae bloom; Clinch channel at Hwy 25E 57 degrees and good color.

Moon phase: Waxing gibbous. The next full moon will be Sunday, March 16th. To view photos and Google maps of all access areas on the reservoir, go to http://www.tnfish.org/ReservoirLakeMapsTennessee_TWRA/TennesseeReservoir BoatRampsMarinasLakeMaps_TWRA.htm or http://tinyurl.com/chm2ts9. For the Norris lake elevation, inflow rates, and generation times, go to http://www.tva.gov/lakes/noh_r.htm.

Smallmouth bass are staging for the spawn, hanging out near the points on rocky shorelines. Largemouth catches were good in the wood structure in coves, shallow or suspended in floating wood debris. Crappie catches were good in Sycamore Creek from Lone Mountain Dock to Hwy 25E. Lost and Davis creeks saw some caught. Striped bass catches were good in Cove Creek, with some additional catches in Lost Creek and the upper sections of the Powell and Clinch river arms.


bluegill-fishBLUEGILL and REDEAR (SHELLCRACKER): Bluegill: Slow. Shellcracker: Fair. A few shellcrackers are showing up in crappie brush piles in the rear of Lost Creek, but the quality and numbers were low. The water temperature needs to warm for these fish to hit better. Bluegill catches are very slow. These fish are 15 to 20-feet deep, on the bottom or on the sides of shoreline dropoffs. Catch them with crickets tightlined to depth on steep, broken rock. Crickets or mealworms are the best for bluegill, the bait tightlined or cast to steeper, broken rock banks where there is shade. For the larger ones, avoid using a float, but cast or tightline with sinkers to get the bait quickly to depth.

crappie-fishCRAPPIE: Good in the larger, stained creek hollows. They are moving into the shallows, near brush. 5- to 10-feet deep, in the channel of Sycamore Creek and Davis Creek. More are being caught in the flooded brush as the spawn approaches. The Bobby Garland 2- inch baby shad in blue ice or green have taken many crappie, trolled very slowly under a float (drift lined), or on the bottom. Popeye hair jigs, 1-inch tube jigs, or grubs tipped with minnows along the bottom, or fish trout magnets, popeye flies, and small tube jigs tight to brush early in the morning, or later if the water is heavily stained.

Good lures: Tuffy minnows, small doll flies, mini tube jigs (red/white, blue/white) and 1/32 ounce hair or feather jigs tipped with minnows, Trout Magnets, or Slider grubs in a variety of colors. Historically good locations to try: Powell River arm channel from Point 15 vicinity to Earl’s Hollow. Davis Creek from its headwaters to a half-mile below Powell Valley Marina. Doaks Creek. Big Creek from Indian River Marina to Campbell County Park. Cove Creek above Twin Cove Marina. Mill Creek, Big Ridge Hollow, Lost Creek above its junction with White Creek. Poor Land Creek. Bear Creek. Flint Creek. Sycamore Creek. The Clinch channel above Point 31.

largemouth-bass-fishLARGEMOUTH & SPOTTED BASS:Moderate. 2 to 15-feet. In the warmer hollows and backs of the creeks. Very close to the shoreline next to wood structure on rocky shorelines in stained sections. Medium to shallow-running orange, chartreuse, or blood red Bandits or Norman crankbaits at less than 15-feet deep, fished parallel and very close to the rocky shorelines. 3-inch soft plastic swimbaits (bluegill, glimmer blue, or smoke colors have worked well), close to shoreline rocks on the main channels. The short armed models of Tennessee rigs have picked up some largemouths near wood structure.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good. 5 to 20-feet deep, staging near main channel clay and gravel points. Windy, cloudy days have seen good catches at 5-feet deep on rocky shorelines where the wave action has stained the water. Protected shorelines have produced as deep as 15-feet, near the bottom and on shelves. 3-inch plastic grubs in bluegill, chartreuse, or smoke colors, on leadheads fished with a slow, steady retrieve a couple of feet off the bottom, are catching smallmouths on clay banks. Those same lures are catching smallmouth at 5-feet, close to the shoreline on windswept, rocky shorelines. On protected, sunny shorelines, smallmouth have been caught as deep as 15 to 20-feet, near the bottom. Tennessee rigs (3-hook restriction for each rod), are working on gravel/clay areas and off the steeper, rocky shorelines on the lower end. The shorter armed T-Rigs were taking fish farther from the shoreline, off the ends of downed timber, than last week. Float ‘n fly rigs at 10-feet are taking some, but have been slow to produce on most days. ½ ounce spinners are working on the windy shorelines, close to the bottom and structure and transition zones. ¼-ounce doll flies (dark green or gray) tipped with minnows are working well along the bottom, at less than 15-feet deep on gently sloping gravel and large rock shorelines, often far from shore where the slope is more gradual.

June 1st – October 15th , one per day, 20‐inch minimum length limit. October 16th – May 31st, five per day (in combination with smallmouth), 18‐inch minimum length limit.

spotted-bass-fishSpotted Bass: See Largemouth Bass

striped-bass-fishStriped Bass: Moderate, improving. Surface on driftlines, or 15 to 25-feet in mid-channel. Trolled umbrella rigs are taking most of these fish. (There is a 3-hook restriction for each rod). Troll ½ to 1 oz bucktail jigs, umbrella rigs with trailers in pearl or chartreuse, or live bait (gizzard shad, shiners, or alewife) tightlined, or trolled with downriggers, to the depth of the forage fish schools in mid-channel especially across the points and humps. Surface feeding fish activity has been hard to locate. Regardless of the location on the reservoir, if there are flocks of feeding gulls, striped bass are likely in the area, feeding on the same forage. Recent catches came from Cove Creek (middle section near Point 3 and above), and on the Powell above Point 15, and with some activity in Lost Creek.

There is a new, statewide hook regulation in effect. Read it here: http://www.eregulations.com/tennessee/fishing/statewide‐limits‐regulations/

REGULATION REMINDER FOR STRIPED BASS: From April 1st to October 31st, the regulation allows 2 per day, 15-inch minimum length limit. On November 1st it will return to the 1 per day, 36-inch minimum length limit.

walleye-fishWALLEYE: Moderate but slowing in the headwater shoals of the Clinch near Point 34 and up to Hwy 25E bridge. Some of the Clinch fish are moving above the Hwy 25E Bridge. Fair but improving on the Powell side headwaters in the Earl’s Hollow vicinity. 5 to 15 feet, on the bottom, and in the rocky shoals in the headwaters. Troll or cast doll flies tipped with plastic grubs or night crawlers, or Long Billed Rebels, Rapalas, Thundersticks, Model-A’s, or similar lures along the bottom in pre-spawn areas. The shoals at Indian Creek (Point 34 and above) are still producing a few walleye. The Powell side is producing walleye and sauger above Slate Creek and to the shoals above Earl’s Hollow phs #1,412

Source: TWRA - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Fishing Reports

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