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 is dropping about a foot a week. On Monday, Oct. 4, the lake level was 1,007.69 feet and falling.
More seasonal nighttime temperatures and shorter days have cooled the water surface to 74 degrees in the early morning hours and 77 by late afternoon. The water is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end of the lake.
Cooler water has bait fish on the surface during the late afternoon hours. Stripers and smallmouth bass can be seen feeding at the surface during the last hour of daylight.
Stripers were slow during the afternoon hours, with the best fishing after dark and at dawn. Cove Creek and Point 1 continue to produce some keeper fish on certain nights. The section of lake from Mill Creek to Lost Creek has some surface activity, but no topwater catches were reported.
Largemouth bass remained slow, except for a few that have been caught at first light in the coves. Early morning is the best time of day to fish buzz baits and small plastic worms/lizards/jerkbaits.
Smallmouth bass have been feeding on the surface at dusk in many areas of the lake. Small Flukes or Assassins have been effective on smallmouth bass.
Walleye action has been slow. The best walleye fishing is from Loyston Sea to Lost Creek. Jigging spoons and alewife, fished 25-30 feet deep under lights, have drawn a few strikes.
Crappies are slow, with nighttime and daybreak being the best times of day to fish.
Bluegills are hitting crickets and waxworms fished on the flats. Shellcrackers were scattered and as deep as 20 feet.