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 Monday, Jan. 3 was 1,001.83 feet. Surface temperatures are in the low 40s on the headwaters, and are as high as 48 degrees on the lower end of the lake. For the most part, the lake is clear, however some creeks may have stained water.
Cold, snowy weather kept anglers off the lake earlier last week. The lower end of the lake got most of the fishing traffic. Overall, fishing has been slow.
Crappies are being caught up to 20 feet deep in brush piles along steep banks in the larger creek embayments.
Smallmouth bass have been found in shallow water along rocky shorelines. Larger smallmouth bass were hitting 15 to 20 feet deep on the mid-lake humps. A few smallmouth bass were suspended 15 feet deep near the steep shorelines. Float ‘n fly rigs, set about 10 to 14 feet deep, have worked on cloudy days when there was a slight breeze. Other productive smallmouth lures are small doll fly/minnow rigs, 4-inch pumpkin or green salty tube jigs , leadhead jigs/plastic grubs in chartreuse or smoke colors, and small plastic worms (Senko or Zoom).
Fishing for largemouth bass improved a little since last week,. They are hitting small plastic lizards, grubs, worms and crawfish-type plastic lures fished along the bottom.
Striper action has been slow, but the channel at Bear Hole Bend and section of lake between points 9 and 19 produced some fish, as did the section between Hwy. 33 Bridge and Black Fox Creek.
Walleye action has been slow.