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 Tuesday, Dec. 28 was 1,000.65 feet. Surface temperatures are in the low 40s in the headwaters and as high as 47 degrees on the lower end of the lake. On cold mornings, some of the coves may be frozen over. Most of the lake is clear, with the exception of a lightly-stained section between the mouth of Sycamore Creek and Hwy. 33 Bridge. Crappies are biting in the larger creek embayments, 5-10-feet deep in brush piles along steep shorelines and on the bottom in mid-channel brush. Davis Creek, Lost Creek and Mill Creek have produced some crappie action. The best crappie lures have been small doll flies, 1-inch tube jigs (red/white, blue/white) and 1/32 oz. hair or feather jigs tipped with minnows.
Fishing for smallmouth bass improved slightly on the lower end of the lake, where the water was a bit warmer than in the headwaters. Silver Buddies, plastic lizards, plastic worms and doll flies/hair jigs were productive when fished on the clay bank drop-offs and rocky shorelines.
Surface action for stripers has been hard to come by, with the few fishermen brave enough to venture out into the cold tightlining live shad or alewife into schools of baitfish in the middle of the channels.
Fishing for largemouth bass has been slow. Spinners seem to be the best bet. Flukes and Senkos are productive when fished in the back of the pockets and larger coves on sunny afternoons.
Walleye action is slow.