While I am a dedicated trout fisherman, other species are fun to chase occasionally as well. While in school in the Chattanooga area, I started fishing the Chickamauga tailwater for various warm water species. Spring is the prime time of year to be fishing places such as below Chickamauga dam and below Watts Bar dam. Yellow bass, white bass, hybrids, stripers, crappie, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, the list could go on and on. On any given day you can chase any of these fish on many of Tennessee’s tailwaters.
Last spring I caught my first skipjack herring (often referred to as “Tennessee Tarpon”). As soon as I got that first fish, I was on the river at every possible moment trying to catch some more. This is the time of year to try and catch them. The best action is probably already over but there should still be fish available. In the spring they migrate upstream to spawn and for the fish living below the hydroelectric dams, this means running up to the dam.