10/10/19 Prospect Report: Miller Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

From one mile north of Hwy 60 on Hwy 21 in Carter County

Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, or channel catfish at this 27-acre lake.  Historically, excessive amounts of aquatic vegetation posed both boating and fishing challenges.  Efforts to control the vegetation and create fishing lanes have been successful and should provide plenty of places for anglers to fish.  The trail that winds around to the back of the lake provides anglers access to fish almost the entire shoreline.  In addition, boaters with trolling motors have access to all areas of the lake.  Felled trees and brush piles placed in the lake in 2018 provide a lot of fish habitat for one to catch a fish or two.  There is a 12 -15-inch protected length range on largemouth bass.  According to the 2019 spring sample, there are plenty of harvestable size bass below the slot limit.  We encourage anglers to harvest four bass less than 12 inches, per fishing trip to reduce the numbers of small, slower growing bass.  This harvest practice will help the remaining bass to grow faster and become a legal, catchable size faster than any other practice.  Fishing for bluegill should be good, with most of the fish between five and seven inches. The best time to catch bluegill is the early morning or early evening in the shallow waters.  Anglers wanting a larger sunfish should try to catch redear sunfish.  Redear numbers have decreased according to the 2019 sample but, the size structure shows several Master Angler fish (=>10 inches).  A good time to catch redear is during their spawning period, in early summer, near the full moon phase.  They may be taken on artificial lures, but natural baits are more effective.  Catchable size channel catfish are stocked annually resulting in plenty of good summer fishing.  The lake has a concrete boat ramp, privy and two nice picnic areas with tables and grills.