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Fishing begins to heat up as the lake level stabilizes

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    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, May 16 was 1,021.71 feet, which is nearly a foot lower than it was the previous week. Surface temperatures range from 64 to 70 degrees depending on time of day and location.

Crappie fishing is best in the headwaters of creek embayments and near large rocks, brush piles and wood structure. Crappies are hitting small doll flies, tube jigs and minnows.

Fishing has been good for all three species of bass. 

Largemouth bass are being caught on plastic worms and jerk baits (Flukes) in shallow water near wood structure at the mouths of pockets.

Smallmouth bass are being caught on crank baits, soft jerk baits, tube jigs and pig’n jigs along rock shelves and gravel banks. The biggest fish caught are post-spawners that have dropped into deeper water.

Spotted bass are hitting flukes in shallow brush at the mouths of coves and small white-skirted spinners and whacky-worm rigs fished along rocky banks near wood structure.

Striper action is returning to the headwaters now that the lake level is dropping a bit. The best fishing has been in the larger creeks off the main body of the lake and at the mouths of creeks where they enter the main river channels.

Night fishing for walleyes has improved on the lower end of the lake. Live shad or jigging spoons have been effective when fished under the lights.

Bluegills are hitting crickets and worms fished along steep, rocky banks.

Shellcrackers are active in shoreline brush from 5 to 10 feet deep.