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 May 10 was 1,021.72 feet, almost 2 feet above full pool.
Because of the high water, a considerable number of floating trees, limbs and assorted debris can be found in the headwaters, narrow channels and at random throughout the lake. Boaters need to exercise caution, especially on the upper half of the lake. Surface temperatures are now in the 60s. Many fish are moving into the shallows, using brush for cover.
Crappie fishing is best in the headwaters of the larger creek embayments and near large rocks, wood structure and shoreline brush. Small doll flies, tube jigs and minnows should do the trick.
Largemouth bass are hitting plastic worms and jerk baits in shallow water near old wood structure. Bass have been as deep as 15 feet, but can also be found near the surface.
Smallmouth bass are hitting crank baits, soft jerk baits, tube jigs, and pig’n jigs fished along rock shelves and gravel areas where they’re spawning. Post-spawn fish have dropped as deep as 25 feet or more, but a few late spawners are still hanging around in shallow water.
Spotted bass are hitting spinners, small crank baits and whacky-worm rigs fished along rocky banks near wood structure.
Striper action is good in the headwaters on both river arms. The best fishing is in the larger creeks off the main body of the lake.
Walleye action is slow in the headwaters, but night fishing has improved on the lower end of the lake.
Bluegills are hitting crickets and worms fished along steep, rocky banks.
Shellcrackers are starting to bite in the shoreline brush. They can be found 5 to 10 feet deep.