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 Friday, Oct. 22 was 1,004.91, which is a over foot lower than the previous week.
Surface temperature readings taken during the afternoon hours are in the low 70s.
The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.
Stripers continue to hit in the shallow headwaters and in the upper reaches of the larger creek embayments. There is some topwater action. On clear days, stripers are as deep as 35 feet on the lower end of the lake.
Largemouth bass are hitting shallow-running crank baits in the main channels and coves. Soft jerk baits have been effective when fished close to the shoreline where baitfish are active.
Surface activity was intermittent through the week for smallmouth bass fishermen. Some days smallmouth bass are suspended and hitting as deep as 25 feet below schools of baitfish in mid-channel. Small Flukes or Assassins have been effective on smallmouth bass, as have crankbaits when fished on the points and rocky banks.
Walleye fishing has been slow.
The best crappie action has been in brush piles far upstream on the main river channels.
Bluegills continue to hit crickets and waxworms as deep as 25 feet.
Shellcrackers are biting redworms fished along rocky outcroppings in the Loyston Sea area.