Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 08 Feb 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 739.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 46 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Rocky sloping river banks and the “Rig” is the combination that many anglers are using to catch a few fish. The number of fish being caught is not great, but a few quality fish are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: The fishing is fair. The same patterns being used for largemouth is being used for smallmouth.
Walleye/Sauger: Not many reports or observations. Swift and difficult conditions are in the tail waters.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used in the large creeks. A few fish are being caught along the bottom near the ledges. Some suspended fish are being caught by drifters.
Catfish: Meaty baits used in the river while drifting is the combination being used by most anglers with some heavy fish being caught.
Striped bass: A few fish are being caught in the tail waters while using shad or jigs. Most fish are being
02 Feb 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 738.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 47 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: SLOW – Some anglers are catching a few quality fish. The number of fish being caught is not great for most anglers. Jigs, lipless lures, and jerkbaits are being used more often than other lures. The “Rig” is being used to catch suspended fish. Various depths are being targeted depending on the wind, ambient temperature, and water clarity.
Smallmouth Bass: SLOW– The same baits and water depths as those for largemouth are being used.
Walleye/Sauger: SLOW– Water flows below the dam are not favorable for those targeting tailwater fish. Some fish are being caught while bouncing jigs off the bottom. Protected areas are being targeted by some to avoid the rough or swift water.
Crappie:FAIR – Crappie anglers are catching some open water fish in the large creeks in the deeper areas. Drifting or trolling while using minnows or jigs is the technique that seems to be better than other techniques.
Catfish:GOOD – Meaty baits used in the river while anchored or drifting is the combination that is working for many anglers. Large fish are being caught. The number of fish being caught is not great.
Striped bass:Mid lake anglers seem to be catching more striped bass than other anglers. Many of these fish are being caught by bass anglers.