Bass are hitting topwater, but larger fish are deeper

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Norris Lake Fishing Report

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 water elevation on Friday, Aug. 27 was 1,013.97, which is around half a foot higher than it was the previous week.
Surface temperatures are in the mid-80s. The lake is clear, with as much as eight feet of visibility at some locations on the lower end.
The water profile looks good in all areas sampled, with the exception of water below 30 feet deep near Hwy. 33 Bridge. At that location, the dissolved oxygen drops to low concentrations below 30 feet deep. For more information, log on to www.tnfish.org.
Largemouth bass are hitting topwater lures in the shallows. Larger bass are being caught 30-feet deep on rubber-skirted jigs and plastic worms.
Smallmouth bass action has slowed a bit because of the rising water, but a few were caught on rubber-skirted jigs and drop spinners fished as deep as 35 feet along banks on the main channel.  
Stripers continue to bite well in mid channel on the lower half of the lake.
Walleyes are hitting Thundersticks and RedFins trolled 35 feet deep at dusk. Fishermen have also caught a few walleyes while jigging 30-35 feet deep after dark in the Loyston Sea.
Shellcrackers have been slow to bite.
Crappie action is slow. The best fishing has been at night under lantern or submerged lights.
Bluegills are hitting crickets fished as deep as 30 feet along the bluffs. Some bluegills have moved into the flats along creek channels during the full moon.
Popping bugs have produced bluegills when fished before 9 a.m.