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 continues to fall. On Monday, Sept. 20, it was 1,009.35 feet, about a foot lower than it was the previous week.
On the lower end of the lake, the surface temperature ranges from 79 to 81 degrees. Farther upstream, the water gets slightly warmer.
The lake is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end.
High boat traffic will temporarily muddy the water where the shoreline is clay.
Largemouth bass continue to hit well at dawn and are taking small plastic worms, Flukes, topwater plugs and buzz baits in the coves. Fishing in the mid-day and afternoon hours has been slow.
Smallmouth bass have moved into shallower water, but were still as deep as 25 feet on the points. A few smallmouth bass were caught on small topwater plugs and Flukes/Assassins while feeding on the surface.
Striper fishing is good from Point 5 to the dam. Most stripers are being caught 30-35 feet deep at night. At dusk, they are feeding on the surface in the coves at Loyston Sea.
Walleye action is slow. The best area was Loyston Sea to Lost Creek where walleyes are hitting jigged spoons or alewife 25-30 feet deep.
Crappie fishing has slowed, with most catches coming at night under the lights.
Bluegills continue to bite along the steep, rocky banks. The most productive method of catching a mess of big bluegills has been to tightline crickets or fish them without a float up to 30 feet deep. Popping bugs can be deadly on bluegill when fished before 9 a.m. Afterwards, the bluegills tend to move to deeper, shaded water.
Shellcrackers were scattered, but those caught were keepers.