The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
The lake level on Monday, Oct. 11 was 1,006.67 feet, nearly a foot and a half lower than it was the previous week.
Cool nights and shorter days have dropped surface temperatures into the low to mid 70s.
The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.
Cooler water has moved bait fish to the surface during the late afternoon hours. Stripers and smallmouth bass can be seen feeding on the surface during the last hour of daylight.
Striper action is slower than it was last week. The fish are moving up the large creek embayments and upriver from previous locations.
Bass fishing improved slightly with the arrival of cooler temperatures. Bass are hitting in the coves and backs of the creeks. Smallmouth bass are more active on the surface, especially at dusk, due to an increase in the numbers of bait fish higher in the water column. Small Flukes, Assassins and Zara Spooks have been effective when cast to breaking fish. Bass have moved up to water a bit more shallow on the points and rocky banks.
Largemouth and spotted bass are hitting medium-running Bandit crank baits in crawfish patterns along the rocky banks.
Walleye action has been slow.
Crappies are also slow, with nighttime and first light being the most productive times of day to fish.
Bluegills continue to hit crickets and waxworms fished as deep as 25 feet. Shellcrackers are scattered and hard to locate.