Center Hill Lake

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Welcome to Center Hill Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Center Hill Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Center Hill Lake: Many anglers travel long distances, even from out-of state, to experience the exceptional crappie, bass, and walleye fishing on Center Hill Lake. If you are planning a fishing outing to Center Hill Lake, you will be able to readily find accommodations at one of the five primitive camping areas, three developed campgrounds, or nine commercial marinas located on the lake. Other accommodations can be found at one of the two state parks or many of the local motels or bed and breakfasts. Tennessee state fishing licenses are required for most individuals prior to fishing on Corps of Engineers waters. Licenses may be purchased at County Clerks offices, marinas and many other commercial establishments in the area. [Center Hill Lake., 02/03/2008]


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Species: General
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature: 77
Caught a few spotted bass but had to work for them, kind of slow
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 63
I spent 3 days on Center Hill last week with success each day catching fish relating to the minnow balls on spoons and drop shots. I have been finding fish in the middle to backs of the creeks in 25-35 ft of water. I have mainly focused on clear water as it helps the fish to locate the baits. I have some days available and the fishing has been really solid, check me out at or give me a call at 616-829-3902
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 68
Friday April 6 Today I went to Center Hill with Derrick Elgin from Murfreesboro. Derrick has a tournament coming up next week and he booked a trip for pre-fishing. I heard there was a good Friday tournament on the lake and asked Derrick if he wanted to fish it since we were already there, he said sure so we went. We left out of ragland and headed towards the dam to catch some smallmouths and spots. We hit several areas and caught quite a few fish but all were just short largemouths and smallmouths, we did catch a couple of keepers as well. We then moved back to the mid-lake area and fished an area I had been catching some largemouth bass. We immediately caught a solid keeper and then managed to catch a couple of big fish over 5lbs. We caught our limit there and culled a couple of times. We ended up with 4 largemouth and 1 spot. When we went to weigh-in we were surprised to see some smaller weights, and we ended up winning it with 17lbs. It was a lot of fun and we had a great time. We caught our fish on jigs, crankbaits, carolina rigs and spinnerbaits. I still have days open in April and May be sure to setup your trip soon. Contact Mark at 615-829-3902 or checkout my site and contact me there,
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 53
Wednesday March 7 I had a trip on Center Hill today with Brian and Adam from Cookeville TN. We met at Sligo Marina and started our day throwing jerkbaits. Water color in this area of the lake is extremely clear with visibility in the 6-8ft range. Water temps were 51.5-52. We fished hard for several hours and caught 1 small fish and broke 3 others off on jigs. I then moved us into the mid-lake area and we began looking for some color in the water. We found some and immediately began catching solid largemouths and spots cranking 6-9ft areas. We focused alot on the use of electronics and I went through what to look for and how to determine what we were looking at on our units. I tried to ensure that next trip that Brian and Adam make will be productive and more successful with the use of the tool they have in their electronics. Brian, Adam I had a great time, looking forward to our next trip. If you want to learn more about your electronic equipment and how to better utilize it to catch fish, book a trip with me and I will show you how. I will be posting again tomorrow from Center Hill.
Species: Smallmouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 50
Saturday Feb 18 Center Hill was our destination today, with our focus on developing a pattern and working to eliminate water. I fished with Rik who is a regular client. Our plan started with working the creeks and small tributaries to try and find some largemouth bass. We did catch a few but it wasn't the dominant pattern. We then shifted gears and took into account what we had seen on the water and what we were seeing on the graph and went from there. We made some small changes and started to catch some fish, I lost a pretty large fish on a Bandit 300 series, then began catching them on assorted jerkbaits. We had cloud cover roll in and the wind picked up stimulating the fish and pushing the shad against points. We moved around and were able to catch several nice fish and some small fish while working this pattern. It was fun to work with Rik on this skill set and great to see him develop our pattern from what were seeing. I look forward to our next trip in March, thanks for a great day on the water. Contact Mark @, or call 615-829-3902 to reserve your day on the lake.
Species: Catfish
Fishing Rating: 1
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"All catfish seem to be in hiding. Oxygen levels are very low. Live bait only lives a very short time if fished on the bottom. Live bream, sunfish etc will not stay alive longer than 5 minutes if fished on bottom as bait. 7-19-10"
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
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Some fladhead are being caught by bouncing live bait off the bottom near bluffs but the oxygen level is making it hard to keep bait live.
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 60
"Have to concur with previous post. 2 days of hard fishing produced 2 smaill rainbow trout, 3 bluegill, and 1 largemouth fishing channel, banks, creeks and boat docks, using various crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits."
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature: 62
"Crappie fishing very slow. Lake water muddy and water level still low due to Army Corps Dam project. Very little brush in the water to fish. 5 guys caught about 50 crappie in 5 days. Crappie caught were around boat docks in 3 to 10 foot of water suspended in 13 to 35 ft of water. Locals said the lake is turning over and fishing will be slow for a while. Brown and Rainbow Trout being caught in big numbers below the dam in tail waters on jigging spoons, minnows and wigglers. We did manage to catch a number of fat spotted bass while casting small crank baits and beetle spins for crappie. We put in 9 to 12 hrs a day on the water fishing hard with very little to show for our efforts, except for the dam fishing for trout the last day. We fished April 20-25."
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature: 58
Spotted bass are hammering slow rolled spinnerbaits and chatterbaits on shaded bluffs. Tuck in tight to the bluff and cast parallel to the bluff trolling at a fast pace. Good way to cover a lot of water. Some small mouth are being caught this way as well.
Center Hill Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

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- went today the water temp was 80 deg got there at 6 left at 10 caught 7 and had
two break my line, caught the most on points and loose rock around mid lake i
worked my jig all the way to the boat seemed the better bass was around 14 feet
and deeper. had a great time love centerhill
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Center Hill Lake at 56 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Largemouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Center Hill Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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- Hot smallmouth fishing bobber and Minos action.
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Center Hill Lake Crappie Fishing

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The crappie fishing should be getting good to great now. Crappie function excellent in 56 degree water. Crappie will be nicely bunched up still and moving more aggresively than when the water temperature is in the 35 to 50 degree range. With baitfish getting more active, the crappie fishing will be good. Good luck today!
Center Hill Lake Walleye Fishing

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- troll with silver spoon and pig skin strips ,sand bars and rock ledges 30 40 foot for best response.

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Center Hill Lake Catfish Fishing

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- went fri. april 17 jug fishing is good caught about 60lbs.

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The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Center Hill Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

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Center Hill Lake White Bass Fishing

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Center Hill Lake Striped Bass Fishing

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- striped bass seem to be hitting pretty aggressively toward higher action bait such
as crank baits and twist tails im finding that for crank baits darker colors produce very aggressive bites and with your twist tail chartreuse and white are
very popular best to keep bass gear handy just in case minnows work great as well
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Center Hill Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
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07:36 CST

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