Latest Fishing Reports for Cherokee Lake

Cherokee Reservoir, also known as Cherokee Lake, is a reservoir in Tennessee formed by the impoundment of the Holston River behind Cherokee Dam. The reservoir has a surface area of about 28,780 acres (11,650 ha), a flood-storage capacity of 749,406 acre feet (924,379,000 m3), and nearly 400 miles (640 km) of shoreline.[1] In a normal year, the lake water level fluctuates over a range of about 27 feet (8.2 m).

from knoxnews.com

Full pool 1,073 feet. The lake level is just under 1,069 feet and rising, up about one foot from last week. Water temperatures are near 83 degrees. Creeks are stained and the main body of the lake is mostly clear. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass — Good. Lots of fish are being caught but not many keepers. Crank-baits, jerk-baits, spinner-baits and Alabama-rigs remain popular. Jigs and Carolina or Texas-rigs are finding fish numerous fish. Red, watermelon and pumpkin colors are popular. Smaller fish are less than 14 feet deep but the larger fish are 30-40 feet deep and near boulders or rock piles at the base of points. Striped Bass — Good. Fish are being found trolling near the surface and deep depending on the day. The fish are biting over most of the lake. Lots of fish are being seen stacked on the bottom at the mouths of creeks. The areas around Points 20 and 21 remain popular. Fish are being caught trolling umbrella-rigs with green swim-baits, drifting shad or jigging white doll flies with grubs over humps and around their bases. Night fishing continues to improve. Crappie — Improving. Fish are deep during the day and are being drawn to lights at night. Weighted crappie spinners and bobbers with minnows and hair jigs are producing catches. Caney, German and Poor Valley Creeks have been popular areas to find fish. Catfish — Good. The river above and mellow the mouth of Cloud Creek has been very good. Cut-bait, bluegill and chicken liver are producing bites.


from knoxnews.com


from knoxnews.com

Full pool 1,073 feet. The lake level is at 1,070 feet and falling, down almost 1 foot from last week. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 80’s. Water color seems to be changing daily. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass — Good. Crank baits, spinner baits and Alabama rigs remain popular. Carolina and Texas rigs also are finding fish. The top-water bite has not been good the past week. Lots of smaller fish are less than 14 feet deep but the larger fish are 30-40 feet deep and near boulders or rock piles at the base of points. Striped Bass — Good. Fish are being found trolling near the surface and deep depending on the day. The area below John Sevier dam and mid-lake near schools of shad are producing catches. The area around Points 20 and 21 continue to hold fish. Fish are being caught trolling umbrella rigs with green swim baits, drifting shad or jigging white doll flies with grubs over humps and around their bases. Night fishing has improved the past couple of weeks. Crappie — Fair. Fish are deep during the day and are being drawn to lights at night. All main lake shoreline with any cover is holding fish. Weighted crappie spinners and bobbers with minnows and hair jigs are producing catches.


from KYL

Full pool 1,073 feet. The lake level is at 1,0633/4 feet and rising, up 3 feet from last week. Water temperatures are generally in the upper 50’s with some areas upstream in the mid 60’s. The water is mostly clear on the main lake with color in creeks. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass — Good. Fish are spawning. Fish that had been suspending 15-25 feet deep are going to the bottom or to the banks making it easier to catch them. Jerk-baits have been very popular this week as has been the Alabama-rig and crank-baits. Green, chartreuse or shad colors remain popular. Carolina-rigs, jigs and flukes are finding fish also. The mouths of German and Ray’s Creeks and Poor Valley remain prime areas to fish. Striped Bass — Fair. Fish are being found deep around islands and most points. Trolling umbrella-rigs with green swim-baits is catching a lot of fish. Drifting shad and jigging white doll flies with grubs over humps and around their bases is producing fish. Night fishing has been good the past couple of weeks. White Bass — Good. Fish are running on the upper Holston River. Look for shoals and current breaks near rocks. Rooster-tails and grubs in white or chartreuse have been popular. Crappie — Improving. Rising water continues to affect the fishing negatively this week. The larger fish are coming from 20-30 feet deep. Weighted crappie spinners and bobbers with minnows and hair jigs are producing catches. Bluff banks and boulder shorelines have been good locations. The bite has improved in Caney and Poor Valley Creeks. Walleye — Fair. The upper ends of the river have been very good but the bite is slowing as the spawn is winding down. Pheasant tail jigs in green or red have been popular as are small or medium Husky Jerks.


from knoxnews.com

Full pool 1073 feet. The lake level is at 1044 feet and falling, down 2 feet from last week. Water temperatures are in the mid 40's. Smallmouth Bass — Fair. Fish are being found from the surface to 30 feet deep. Jigs, Carolina-rigs in watermelon, pumpkin or shades of brown, Rat'l-Traps and crank-baits continue to have varied success. Largemouth Bass — Fair. Jigs and crank-baits seem to be attracting the most fish. Carolina-rigs with lizards or baby brush-hogs in cotton-candy with chartreuse tails continue to catch fish along transition areas of smaller rock to larger rock along the main channel. Striped Bass — Good. Fish are holding in the 25-35 feet range. Trolling, drifting shad and jigging white doll flies tipped with chartreuse grubs over humps and tips of points are finding fish.


from KYL

Full pool 1,073 feet. Lake level is just under 1,049 feet, up almost 2 feet from last week. Water temperatures range from the upper 50's to the low 60's in some shallow areas. Smallmouth Bass-Good. Fish are being caught over the entire lake.


from KYL

Full pool 1,073 feet. Lake level is just below 1,045 feet. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40's. Smallmouth Bass — Good. Fish are being caught over the entire lake but the Panther and German Creek areas continue to produce.


from KYL

Full pool is 1,073 feet. Lake level is just at 1,048 feet, down almost 1 foot from last week. Water temperatures are in the low 60's.






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