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 Friday, Oct. 29 was 1,004.67 feet and expected to remain steady. Surface temperature readings have fallen slightly to around 70 degrees.
Striper fishing in the headwaters was interrupted by storms last week. Fishing on the lower end of the lake was fair.
Largemouth bass are hitting crank baits and spinners. Bass fishing has improved slightly over previous weeks.
Smallmouth bass continue to feed on the surface in some areas. Smallmouth bass are hitting as deep as 25 feet in places where surface schools of baitfish are not active.
Walleye action has been slow.
The best crappie fishing has been in brush piles far upstream on the main river channels. Sycamore Creek had some crappie activity in the brush.
Bluegills continue to hit crickets and wax worms fished as deep as 25 feet.
Shellcrackers are biting redworms fished along rocky outcroppings in the Loyston Sea.