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, Feb. 4 was 1,000.28 feet and expected to drop slightly.
Surface temperatures range from 39 degrees on the headwaters to 44 degrees at Loyston and Norris Dam. At the very back of protected hollows and creeks, where the water is shallow and stained, the water may be as warm as 51 degrees on sunny afternoons. Warmer water has been found mainly on the creeks and coves on the upper Clinch River.
Some sections of the main channels above points 15 and 31 have been partially frozen. Slightly stained water can be found only in the upper reaches of the creek embayments and in the upper river channels.
Crappie fishing is fair. The best action has come on small doll flies, mini tube jigs (red/white, blue/white) and 1/32 oz. hair or feather jigs tipped with minnows and fished 15 to 20 feet deep in shoreline brush piles in the headwaters of the larger creek embayments.
Smallmouth bass action is fair on Finesse/Senko worms, small lizards, tube jigs and quarter-ounce hair or feather jigs tipped with medium tuffy minnows and fished along the bottom off the moderately sloped rocky banks. Smallmouth bass can be found on points close to the shoreline on cloudy, breezy days, and suspending far from the shoreline 15 to 20 feet deep on days when the barometer is high.
Largemouth bass action is moderate on small plastic worms and tube jigs fished in the warmer shallow water of big creek hollows.
Striper activity is moderate. The most productive striper fishing has been in the main channel on the lower 5 miles of the lake. Live shad or alewife and jigging spoons have been effective when fished into suspended forage fish and stripers.
Walleye fishing has been slow, but is improving in the river channels above points 31(Clinch River) and 16 (Powell River).
Drifting or casting and then slowly retrieving feathered doll flies and plastic grub-jigs across the bottom of the channel (25 feet deep) has been the best way to catch a walleye the past couple of weeks on Norris Lake.