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Melton Hill Muskie Fishing Report 2021

Updated: Feb 5

Tennessee Musky Fishing Report ort 2020

Melton Hill Fishing Report 2021

Bi-weekly Melton Hill Musky fishing report.


Melton Hill Lake : Oak Ridge Tennessee

Center Hill, Great Fall Lake, Rock Island, Parksville Lake Musky Fishing.

Tennessee Muskie Fishing Guide Steven Paul

Melton Hill Musky Fishing





January 1st-15th 2021



January 2021 is off to a fine start with weather ranging from mild to frigid, knowing what to wear each day on the water has been the biggest struggle.

Tennessee Musky Fishing has been dialed in on musky locations as the water levels and temps have remained stable for the most part. Melton Hill and Center Hill musky fishing has been solid as muskies are using predictable locations and responding to methodical winter presentaions.


Water Temps are ranging from 44*-49*




Top Casting Presentations Tennessee Musky Fishing January 2021

Whale Tail Magnum : White

Bondy Magnum : Zug Island Special

Joe Bucher Depth raider Suspending Purple Tiger


Top Trolling :

Spit Fire Big Norm : KY Crush

Legend Plow : Black

Headlock : Black Rice


Tennessee musky fishing in the winter is a methodical process, anglers need to have their seasonal patterning locked down. Winter musky fishing is a game of fishing less spots but fishing them at maximum effectiveness. Success is based on a combination of proper presentation, patterning and patience. Putting a trophy Tennessee musky in the net its imperative to have all three.


January 15th - 31st



Mid and late January 2021 musky fishing conditions are as wild as they get. Day time temps are ranging from the low 20's with a crazy pike of nearly 65 degrees on one particular day. Finding Tennessee musky is the easy part knowing what to wear on the water and how much of it seems to be the most difficult part of the day. Water temps are low even for this time of year but these cooler temps have put muskies in classic winter patterns which makes selecting target areas exponentially easier than years with major variance.


Water Temps 39-44


Top Casting Presentations Tennessee Musky Fishing January 2021

Llungen 50 Cal Walleye 2.0 :

This magnum crank-bait from Llungen seems to have the perfect dive curve to trace the tight contours of steep breaks and shorelines. It's large profile grabs attention from negative and neutral muskies.


Chaos Monster Mega Medusa :

This thing is big and moves an enormous amount of water, while it does generate strikes it is an excellent search bait for upper forty and fifty inch fish during winter months. Throw it till they show and come back with a "down sized" presentation. But keep in mind just about every musky bait on the market is "down sized" compared to the Monster Mega Medusa.


Top Trolling

Joe Bucher Depth Raider 8" Color Sucker

8" Jake Color Fire Tiger

Spit Fire Musky Baits Big Norm Color Brain Damage


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February 2021


February Tennessee Musky Fishing Report 2021

February is off to a cold start but the musky fishing is hot. Cold water temps in the region have some fish moving in slow motion but when confronted with the proper presentations Southern muskies get fired up.

Water temps have been in the low 40's so slowing down retrieves has been imperative to connecting with active fish. The weather patterns have been all over the map with days ranging from frigid to some mild days mixed in.




52 x28 February Tennessee Musky caught on a Spit Fire Big Norm DC Destroyer Pattern


Top Casting Presentstions

Joe Bucher Depth Raider : Sucker Pattern

Spit Fire : Big Norm DC Destroyer

Spit Fire : Kamikaze Dirty Chart

Lake X Toad : Tape Face


Top Trolling Baits :

Cisco Kid : Perch

10" Jake : Fire Tiger

Baby Depth Raider : Cracker Jack Tiger


Casting is a main consideration in the early mourning hours but when things begin to flatten out trolling the mid-day becomes a serious consideration. Big cranks and and small cranks seem to be the ticket with mid sized musky presentations being particularly fruitless. Reading the Tennessee conditions is often a moving target. Anglers need to accurately read the current conditions in conjunction with weather and forage movements.




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