Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 23 July 2014
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 741.2 feet. The water surface temperature is in the low 80’s.
Largemouth Bass: Scattered between summer locations which include open water areas typically used in the summer and some shallow areas. Runoffs are areas where shallow fish are being caught. Use the bait that fits the water being fished. Plastic worms, topwater lures, crank baits and spoons are the most popular choices.
Smallmouth Bass: Most are being caught on the main lake while using slow rolled spinnerbaits, jigs, and crank baits. Night or low light seems to increase the odds.
Walleye: A few night anglers are catching walleye in the tailwaters while trolling crank baits.
Crappie: Mostly night light anglers in open secondary water by those using minnows.
Catfish: Drifters are catching many on meaty baits in the main channel.
Striped bass: Some anglers are catching just a few and a few anglers are catching many. Everyday is different in the tailwaters and current is favorable most times. One recent day before the current started an out of state angler and his party caught over 40 stripers up to 30 pounds. Most were 6 and 7 pounders. Jigs and shad are being used for bait.
White Bass: Main lake humps and spinner-type lures are being used in the mid lake to catch a lot of fish.
17 July 2014
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.9 feet. The water surface temperature is 84 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Points, humps, and ledges are summer favorite targets. Anglers are catching fish while using plastic worms, jigs and crankbaits. Runoff areas are being fished when the storms move in and some shallow water fish are being caught in these areas.
Smallmouth Bass: These fish are being caught by those anglers targeting largemouth.
Walleye: No observations but some reports of tailwater fish being caught while trolling crankbaits.
Crappie: Most are being caught while using minnows at night under the lights.
Catfish: Many fish are being caught by river drifters using meaty baits.
Striped bass: Hit or miss. An angler reported catching as many as 50 on one morning up to 30 pounds. The next morning that same angler caught 1 fish.