Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 19 June 2013
The lake is at summer level.
White bass are being caught in most areas including the tailwaters. Lower and mid lake humps in the main lake are harboring a few white bass. Current flow is a positive for all main lake fishing. Spinner-type lures are being used for most white bass anglers.
Striped bass anglers are enjoying robust activity in the waters below Ft. Loudon Dam. This area has been the better area to catch striped bass this season. Some fish have exceeded fifty pounds. Jigs, crankbaits, topwater lures and shad are being used for bait.
Smallmouth bass are being caught along rocky mid lake primary points early and late. Flukes and topwater baits are being used by many successful anglers that seek smallmouth.
Largemouth bass are being caught in many locations deep and shallow. The greater number of fish are being caught around or adjacent to primary locations including humps, points and drops. Crankbaits, jigs, and various worm combinations are being used by those that seek largemouth bass.
Catfish drifters are catching many fish in the main channel while using various baits generally associated with catching catfish.
Bluegill are being caught around docks and rock bluffs.
Some crappie are being caught while using minnows deep in secondary creeks.
11 June 2013
The lake surface temperature is 74 degrees in most areas. The surface elevation on 6/09/13 was 741.5 feet. This elevation is .5 feet higher than the highest elevation considered normal.
Smallmouth bass are being caught in greater numbers than any time in recent history. Primary points are the location most are finding a few smallmouth. Crankbaits, flukes, and spinnerbaits are the lures most are using to catch smallmouth.
Largemouth bass are being caught along gradual sloping banks in secondary and primary locations. Several largemouth bass have migrated into the summer areas located along humps and points in the deep primary locations. The tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam is being visited by many anglers.
Crappie are being caught in the still water on the lock side of the dam. Minnows and jigs are being used for bait by most anglers. The real tailwater story is the stripers.
Many stripers of all sizes were being caught this previous week. Some stripers up to 50 pounds were caught. Shad, Redfins and jigs were being used to catch stripers.
Catfish drifters were catching several fish while using the normal smorgasbord of baits associated with catfishing.