Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fishing Melton Hill Lake, Tennessee

09/23/19 Fishing Report for Melton Hill Lake: (See Fishing Report Archive at
bottom of page)
Bass, largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, are taking top water lures early
mornings and near dark. Jigs with trailers around heavy cover will also get them. Buzz
baits work early and late as well. Deep diving crankbaits work in deep water. Bluegill
and sunfish are taking top water poppers early and late. Crappie is slow. Walleye slow.
Stripers can be caught on our large jointed crankbaits cast or trolled when found
schooling. Muskie can be caught on our large, jointed shallow running crankbaits
around cover.

Description of the Lake:
This is a moderate size lake with some huge fish, namely huge Muskie. It is located in
the northeast part of the state near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It is a 5,700-acre reservoir
with over 170 miles of shoreline. TN. Muskie, striped bass and crappie are the favorite
species of local angles. It has plenty other species as well. It can be fished from shore
at many places or by boat. Bull Run Steam Plant keeps the nearby water warm from its
discharge year-round. There are several boat ramps for launching bass boats, and
john boats. Kayaks and canoes can be launched from many different locations around
the lake.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Walleye
Sauger
White Bass
Striped Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Rock Bass
Black Crappie
White Crappie
Muskie

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Late spring is a good time for bluegill and sunfish and the prime time for crappie. The
spring season is also great for largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass, white bass,
muskie, and hybrid and striped bass.
Summer:
This is a good time for bluegill and sunfish, as well as all five species of bass.
Fall:
Fall it a great time for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as crappie.
Other species can also be caught.
Winter:
Winter months are the best times for muskie, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass.

Lake LeveL: Melton Hill

Weather: Oak Ridge, TN

Recommended Lures and Bait : Perfect Lures
Bass

Striped Bass

Bluegill/Shellcrackers:

Muskie

Crappie:




























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass - Minnows, Crayfish

Hybrid Stripers - Shad

Muskie -

Bluegill/Shellcrackers - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
02/03/19 Thanks to the warm water discharge of Bull Run Stream Plant, you
can catch just about any species that exist in the lake during the winter months.
Otherwise, most fish are generally found in the deeper water of the old river
and creeks channels, as well as both submerged and above water river ledges.
We recommend using deep diving crankbaits and jigs with trailers.
03/03/19 Bass are being caught on jigs with trailers, both plastic grubs and pork
rind, and deep diving crank baits. The creek channel dropoffs and river ledges
are holding most of them. The water is still very cold but that should be
changing very soon.
05/04/19 Hybrid stripers are being caught. It is red hot. Spotted bass fishing is
very good as they are post-spawn and hungry along with the Largemouth.
Crappie are still being caught in shallow, 2-4 foot depth with heavy cover such
as tree tops and stumps.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
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