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Fishing report for week of Feb. 16

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By The Staff

The following is a weekly summary of the fishing conditions on Norris Lake as reported by creel clerks from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

 The lake level on Monday, Feb. 16 was 1,000.26 feet, a decline of over a foot and a half since the previous week.

Crappie fishing improved the most last week, with the majority of the fish holding tight to brush in stained creek hollows on the upper end of the lake. The best crappie baits have been medium-sized tuffy minnows,  1/32 or 1/64 oz. Popeye flies and small tube jigs.

Bass fishing was slow overall, but more spotted bass have been caught than largemouth or smallmouth. Spotted bass are hitting plastic worms and lizards or pig ‘n jigs fished 10-20 feet deep off rocky banks with a moderate slope.

Float-and-fly rigs, set 10-15 feet deep, are best for smallmouth.

Walleye and sauger fishermen had some success on the upper sections of the Clinch and Powell before the snowmelt caused the water temperature to drop.

Striper fishermen are locating fish, but they have been reluctant to bite.