Fishing report South Holston USA

Fishing report South Holston USA
Water conditions: Temperature 79.6, water levels at 1,728.52 feet. The water level has fluctuated very little with all of the rain we have had. Surprisingly, water clarity is very good. This clear water is what makes fishing so difficult on South Holston Lake.

Summary: Bass fishing, the best bet for catching some bass is night fishing. Black or brown flies tipped with rootbeer or black pork chunks seem to be the most productive. Some anglers are having some success with rubber worms and spinner-baits.

Trout fishing, daytime trolling for trout with Sutton Spoons seems successful. Night fishing with worms and corn under the lights is also producing some nice fish at 20-25 feet deep.

Catfish, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and blood-bait all seem to be good for these fish. Gaining in popularity is the use of limb lines and jugs. With the full lake, it is easy to find places to tie off your limb lines. Just remember, jugs, limb-lines and trot-lines all need to be marked with your name and address.

Walleye fishing, white/bone colored model A Bombers and red-fins cranked barely under the surface are producing some good catches of Walleye at night.

Cats paw spinners tipped with nightcrawlers and trolled 20-25 feet deep on the flat points are starting to turn up a few walleye. This method will only get better as the water warms a little more.

Norris Reservoir

Water conditions: The lake elevation is 1,019.3 feet. It has remained relatively stable over the past three weeks. This will most likely change due to the recent rain. The water surface early morning temperatures are close to 80-degrees, rising to the low 80’s by late afternoon.

Summary: Walleye fishing is good, both day and night. Smallmouth are on deeper structure, off rock outcroppings and dropoffs. Largemouth are in the typical summer pattern, hitting best at dawn and dusk on topwater plugs or plastic lizards and worms. Crappie have been hitting best at night, under lanterns. When daylight hits the water, crappie are off for the day. Striped bass are hitting well from early morning until almost noon, both on the lower half of the Powell and in the Loyston area, and up to 33 Bridge on the Clinch arm. Bluegill are hitting popping bugs, crickets and waxworms. Catfish continue to hit well on nightcrawlers or bluegill fished on rocky banks and in the creek hollows near rocky banks.

Boone Reservoir

Water conditions: Water surface temperatures continue to be in the mid to upper 70’s this week with some eighty-degree temperatures noticed in the shallow water of backs of coves. Water clarity is clear. The lake level at the dam as of 7 p.m. Wednesday night was 1,382.32 feet above sea level.

Summary: Bass fishing has been better during the days this week than in weeks past, but a little slower at nights. The early mornings continue to best time during the day, the earlier the better. The fishing really seems to slow down by midday when the sun gets hot. The largemouth bass are what most anglers are catching early in the mornings while the smallmouth seem to be hitting better at night. You can find the early morning bass around any woody cover or up shallow on flats. The best method working right now is to fish topwater lures (especially a buzzbait), spinnerbaits, or small crankbaits from 6-8 a.m. shallow, then by 10 a.m.-3 p.m. fish jigs or spoons a little deeper in shady bluffs or drop offs. The Watauga side seems to be better in the mornings, especially for the largemouth, while the Holston side seems to be a better fishery at night. Plastic worms or lizards fished Carolina-rigged has also produced a few fish Wednesday during the day.

Watauga Reservoir

Water conditions: Water surface temperatures have been in the mid to upper 70’s in the mornings this week. The lake clarity is extremely clear. The lake level at the dam as of 7 p.m. Wednesday night was 1,957.90 feet above sea level.

Summary: Bass fishing continues to be slow. The nights or right at sunrise was the only notable times to catch a decent stringer of bass this week. Later in the nights were better times to fish a black and blue pig-n-jig or troll for the smallmouth, while fishing first thing in the mornings with topwater or chrome and blue or chrome and black crankbaits worked well for some good keeper largemouth. The smallmouth bass have been doing well in the lower end of the lake, especially at nights, while good numbers of largemouth have been found early in the mornings from 6-8 a.m. from the Highway 67 bridge up into Roan Creek. Crankbaits have been what most are throwing during the days around shallow flats and points or around woody cover, but having limited success on bluebird sky days. Fishing jigs, spinnerbaits, and Carolina-rigged plastics or trolling spoons would also be worth giving a try this week.

Trout fishing continues to do well. Both the Lake and Rainbow trout are being caught. Trolling small watermelon color spoons from the dam up to Cobb Creek has been producing some nice rainbows.

Fort Loudoun Reservoir

Water conditions: Surface temperature data collected from June 30 through July 6 has averaged 80 degrees for the week. Water clarity has been clear for the reporting period. Heavy floating debris exists throughout the lake with huge quantities of logs and various wood accumulated in slack water. The lake elevation is 812.34 mean feet above sea level at the upper end on July 6, 2005. Discharge rate on July 6, 2005 is currently at 29,693 cfs. Inflow is 14,400 cfs.

Summary: Bass are active and great catches are reported. Crappie success is still down. Many small fish are being caught but the keepers are few. Occasionally a super huge Crappie is caught. Bluegills are present in large number. Catfish fishing is very good. In general, fishing success has been good overall. Lake depth this week has been consistent. The large quantity of pleasure boat traffic on the weekend kept anglers off the water to a large degree.

Melton Hill Reservoir

Water conditions: Surface temperatures averaged 84.2 degrees for the week. Water clarity has been clear for the most part throughout the lake through July 4 but evening rains are creating cloudy and stained conditions. The lake elevation as of July 6 is 793.78 feet above mean sea level at upper end. Discharge currently at 3,647 cfs and scheduled to increase to 1,600 cfs afternoon of July 6. Inflow is 1,200 cfs.

Summary: Water temperatures have been stable in the lake this reporting period. Inflowing streams have seen temperatures of mid seventies and the main channel has seen highs of 87 degrees. A large amount of debris on the lake is logs and car wheels with tires mounted. Extreme care must be used navigating. The lake is producing some nice bass. Recent high pleasure boat traffic has kept anglers at a minimum this reporting period.

Bristol Herald Courier

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