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 fall drawdown continues. The lake level on Tuesday, Sept. 28 was 1,008.44 feet, which is a foot lower than it was the previous week. On the lower end of the lake, surface temperatures range from 79 to 81 degrees on the main channel. The lake is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end. High boat traffic may temporarily muddy the water where the shoreline is clay.
With the exception of nighttime striper action, fishing is slow in comparison to a week ago. Stripers are hitting live shad, alewife and jigging spoons fished 30-40 feet deep in mid-channel on the lower end of the lake. Cove Creek and Point 1 continue to produce some decent sized fish.
Bass fishing slowed a bit. Early morning is the best time of day to fish buzz baits and small plastic worms/lizards/jerkbaits.
Walleye fishing has been slow. The most productive area has been from Loyston Sea to Lost Creek, with walleyes hitting jigged spoons and alewife fished 25-30 feet deep under lights.
Crappie fishing has been slow. Most crappies have been caught at night and at daybreak. Bluegills are hitting crickets and waxworms fished on the flats. Shellcrackers were scattered and as deep as 20 feet.