Latest Fishing Reports for Melton Hill Reservoir

Melton Hill Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Clinch River just south of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1960s to extend the Tennessee Valley's continuous navigation channel up the Clinch as far as Clinton and to increase TVA's overall power-generating capacity. The dam impounds the 5,470-acre (2,210 ha) Melton Hill Lake, and is the only TVA tributary dam serviced by a navigation lock.

from knoxnews.com

Full pool 793 feet. Lake level is at 793 ˝ feet, down about 6 inches from last week. Water temperatures range from the 70s to the low 80s. Largemouth Bass — Good. Crank-baits, spinner-baits, jigs and Texas-rigs are catching fish. Points and rocky banks are holding fish. Smallmouth Bass — Good. Fish are 8-20 feet deep. Crank-baits, jerk-baits, Rat’l-Traps and jigs are catching fish. Striped Bass — Good. Most are being caught 2-12 feet deep. Live Skipjack, either tight-lined or fished under balloons are still catching some nice fish. Crappie — Good. Fish are biting and are 12-18 feet deep. The Reactor Cove area continues to produce with minnows and 1/16 ounce flies in either brown or white being favored. Catfish — Good. Cut-bait, night-crawlers, chicken liver and shrimp are all catching fish. Rocky bottom areas are holding fish.


from knoxnews.com


from knoxnews.com

Full pool 793 feet. Lake level is just under 793 feet, down several inches over last week. Water temperatures range from the 70s to the 80s. Largemouth Bass — Good. Crank-baits, jerk baits, flukes, swim baits, Rat-L-Traps and jigs are catching fish. Points and rocky banks are holding fish. Smallmouth Bass — Good. Fish are 8-20 feet deep. Crank baits, jerk baits, Rat-L-Traps and jigs are catching fish. Striped Bass — Good. Most are being caught 2-12 feet deep. Live Skipjack, either tight-lined or fished under balloons are still catching some nice fish. Crappie — Good. Fish are biting and are 12-18 feet deep. The Reactor Cove area continues to produce with minnows and 1/16 ounce flies in either brown or white being favored. Musky — Fair. Large spinner baits, jerk baits and trolling large jerk baits are catching fish near the steam plant and along main channel banks.


from KYL

Full pool 793 feet. Lake level is at 7933/4 feet, stable over the last week. Water temperatures range from the 70’s near Bull Run Steam Plant to near 60 at Carbide Park. Largemouth Bass — Good. Crank-baits, jerk-baits, flukes, swim-baits, Rat’l-Traps, jigs and the Alabama-rig are catching fish. Points and rocky banks are holding fish. A lot of smaller fish are being found around grass. Smallmouth Bass — Good. Fish are 8-20 feet deep. Crank-baits, jerk-bait, Rat’l-Traps and jigs are catching fish. Striped Bass — Good. Most are being caught 2-12 feet deep. Live Skipjack, either tight-lined or fished under balloons are catching some nice fish. Crappie- Good. Fish are biting and are 17-22 feet deep. The Reactor Cove area continues to produce with minnows and 1/16 ounce flies in either brown or white being favored. Musky — Fair. Large spinner-baits, jerk-baits and trolling of large jerk-baits are catching fish near the steam plant and along main channel banks near wood.


from knoxnews.com

Full pool 793 feet. Lake level is at 793 1/2 feet, basically unchanged from last week. Water temperatures range from the mid 40's to the mid 50's. Largemouth Bass — Slow. Live bait continues to out-fish artificial lures by far. Rat'l-Traps, spoons, swim-baits, Zara-pups and jigs are all finding the going tough. Medium diving crank-baits in lighter colors with silver and chartreuse or white spinner-baits remain popular. Smallmouth Bass — Fair. Fish are 8-20 feet deep. Texas-rigged watermelon or pumpkin baby brush-hogs or beavers, jigs, spinner-baits crank-baits and Rat'l-Traps are all catching fish. Rocky points and outcroppings are holding the larger fish. Striped Bass — Good. Fish are being found chasing minnows in the backs of coves. Most are being caught 2-12 feet deep. Live Skipjack, either tight-lined or fished under balloons on 6/0 circle hooks continue to find fish. Crappie — Good. The fish are biting better and are being found 17-22 feet deep. The Reactor Cove area continues to produce with minnows and 1/16 ounce flies in either brown or white being favored. Musky — Fair. The area near and just down-stream of the steam plant has been producing catches. The water can be as much as 20 degrees warmer in this area. Large spinner-baits, jerk-baits and trolling of large jerk-baits remain popular.

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from KYL

Full pool 793 feet. Lake level is just under 792 feet, down over 2 feet from last week. Water temperatures range from the mid to upper 50's. Not much has changed since last week. Largemouth Bass-Fair. Large chartreuse and white spinner-baits, crank-baits in shad or red colors and swim-baits continue to be popular.


from KYL

Full pool is 793 feet. Lake level is at 794 feet, stable over the last week. Water temperatures are in the lower 60's.

Largemouth Bass: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Improving
Crappie: Fair
Musky: Improving






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