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Dale Hollow Lake is a fisherman’s paradise. Dale Hollow has accounted for 6 out of the top 10 biggest smallmouth bass on record. It is the lake that is linked with the name Billy Westmorland, famed smallmouth angler of Celina, Tennessee. Although the lake is known for massive Smallies other giants lurk the waters. Large mouth bass, Crappie, Shell Crackers, Walleye, Rainbow Trout, and Muskie all can be caught in trophy size.

Report Updated 4/19/2014

Water temp is in the low 60's and climbing. We are also at an average April pool.

Smallmouth Bass-We have had the most success on swim baits fishing in the 15ft range. We have also had some success throwing jerkbaits and crankbaits in similar water. The Alabama rig has heated up as the cold front moved in. We had a very nice 6lber this week with several others in the 4lb class and a good amount more in the 3lb class. Fish should be moving up to flats any day to start really feeding up for the spawn.

Largemouth Bass-Numbers have been getting better and much bigger this year so far. We have had luck slow rolling swim baits and Alabama rigs off points. Fishing has also been hot on jigs anywhere you can find brush in and around the creeks. We have caught several in the last few weeks topping the 6lb mark.

Walleye-Population on the lake has grown and fishing has gotten better each year I have been on the lake. Right now Walleye fishing is just starting to heat up and some have had some success on jerkbaits throwing points and riprap. The Walleye fishing is about to break out and we are now booking trips call for details dates are filling up quick.

Shell Cracker-This is something we really just started to get going on guides trips this year and the fish has responded well. This is a great way to take the kids out for a great fishing experience. We have been loading the boat so far and look for it to continue. We have had great success bottom fishing around banks with redworms. A good time and lots of action for all.

Crappie- Fishing has been slow with some luck catching them in the creeks around down willows mostly on live bait but fishing has also been decent on floating small jigs tipped with wax worms or minnows and a cork at about 4ft to 6ft.

Rainbow Trout- The year-round cool water temperatures and adequate oxygen levels throughout the water column provide an excellent environment for lake and rainbow trout. A stocking program has established a two-story fishery. There are good numbers of rainbow trout in the 4-to 5-pound range and lunkers from 8-to 12-pounds.

Muskie- This is a fish we do not target just due to the fact you can fish an entire week without a bite. They are not impossible to catch but any stretch but the best chance to hook up would be deep trolling the lake. As we get more info from the local fisherman we will share the info

We are the only guide service on the lake with our own cabins. If you are just needing some place to stay on your next fishing trip contact us or visit www.hollowlogcabins.com to book one of our 4 cabins. We provide one on one fishing info for all of our Hollow Log Cabins guests. We are on the lake almost everyday and follow several species of fish very closely so in most cases will be able to put your group on the fish. Thank you for visiting our report and hopefully we will be helping you put a trophy on the boat. Good fishing.