Fishing Tips : How to Hook a Bait Fish

Writen By: March 1st, 2015

When hooking a bait fish, the most popular method is by hooking the dorsal fin, but a fisherman can also hook one through the lips. Avoid paralyzing a bait fish when hooking it with help from a fishing guide in this free video on fishing for beginners. Expert: Mark Senosk Bio: Mark Senosk is a professionally trained fishing guide, studying under the Hubbards Guide Academy. Filmmaker: David Pakman
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How to set the hook on a fish. For any fish
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Question by Noodle: Norris Lake Tennessee fishing tips what bait to use?
Okay so my family and I are going to Norris lake in about 3 weeks and my boyfriend is going, well he likes to fish and he’s real excited about going to fish, but he wanted to know like what kind of bait would be good to use, I know that he doesn’t want to catch like bass or anything he can catch at home in Ohio and my family isn’t exactly any help when it comes to knowing what bait to get.

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Answer by Scott
Norris Lake Fishing Tips

Norris Lake has over 56 species of fish. The clear deep waters of Norris Lake create a perfect habitat for stripers, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth, bluegill, catfish and black crappie. Famous for its trophy-size stripers, walleye and catches of black crappie, Norris has become a favorite destination for anglers across the country. Ask for fishing tips at the dock before your trip.
Current fishing report: Bluegill is good, fish close to deep rock cliffs, where there is brush or some other structure. Crickets are the favorite bait, bigger bluegill are found at deeper depths 15-20 ft. etc. Bass – Largemouth are being found at deep depths using a deep running lure. Crappie- are slow some are being caught at night, using minnows. Catfish – are being taken using jugs or limblines. We are looking for better fishing conditions as lake levels decline and cooler weather comes this fall. Want a fishing report that you don’t see here? Call us at (423) 626-5826.

Fishing Report

Striper – Rockfish
Striper fishing is great, the stripers are running close to the lake shoreline. They are feeding on the alewife spawn, therefore many are being taken by bank fisherman. The clay or pea gravel points seem to be producing the most fish. The fish are being taken from 33 Bridge area running waters of the Clinch River. The alewife minows are the best bait but shad-shiners or bleugill are also producing good limits of fish. 10 to 15lb fish are being caught regularly.

Bass-Largemouth & Spotted Bass
Bass are being taken on the top water on shallow running baits. Buzz-baits, Sammies, Shallow Running Papalas are top baits for Bass. Several limits are being taken. Smallmouth Bass are being taken on live bait.

Crappie are nesting now – a few fish are being caught in brush piles. Night fishing for crappie should be starting any time now. Small minows are the best bait.

Bluegill are starting to be caught on crickets, they are showing up around floating docks, and next to bushpiles or other structures, such as rocky bluffs.

Catfish are being caught from bank fisherman. Again live bait is best to use. Some 8-10lb fish are showing up. The limbline and jug fishing should be good by mid May.Largemouth Bass – May and June;
Use light tackle and fish deep.
Smallmouth Bass – January and February;
April and May; Fish live bait off points.
Crappie – Late April through May;
Near fish attractors.
Walleye – February and March;
Fish in the headwaters.
Sometimes at night in the summer trolling.
Catfish – Spring through summer.
Striped Bass (rockfish) – April and May;
Can be caught through the summer fishing
live bait in open water.
Bluegill – Spring through fall.
License Information
A Tennessee fishing license is required. Nonresidents
have a choice of annual, 10-day or
3-day fishing license, for either all fish or no trout.
If you are under 13, you do not need a license.
Annual fishing licenses go on sale February 18,
the start of prime fishing. Licenses are available
by phone, on the web, by mail or from the county
court clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware
stores and marinas. To purchase a license or for
more information, call 888-814-8972 or visit If purchased by phone, an
authorization number will allow you to fish immediately.
Call the marinas for information on local
fishing tournaments, area guides and other tips.
Creel and Size Limits
Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass – 5 per
day in combination
Largemouth Bass – 14 inch minimum
length limit
Smallmouth Bass – 18 inch minimum
length limit
Spotted Bass – no creel or length limit
Crappie (all species) – 10 per day in combination,
10 inch minimum length limit
Catfish (all species) – No harvest limit
for fish under 34 inches in length, only
one fish over 34 inches in length may be
harvested per day.
Striped Bass
• April – October, 2 per day, 15 inch
minimum length limit
• November – March, 1 per day, 36 inch
minimum length limit
White Bass – 15 per day, no length limit
Yellow Bass – no creel or length limit
Walleye/Sauger – 5 per day in
combination, 15 inch minimum length
limit (upstream to Grissom Island on the
Clinch River)
Rock Bass – 20 per day, no length limit
Redear Sunfish – 20 per day, no length
Muskellunge – 1 per day, 36 inch minimum
length limit
Bluegill/Warmouth/and other
sunfishes – 30 per day, no length limit

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