Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 23 Oct 2014
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 741.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 62 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught in shallow areas more often. Banks leading into these areas are the more popular areas to locate fish. Baitfish are not in the shallow water as good as they will be. Topwater lures, crankbaits, and plastic worms are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: Most are being caught by those targeting largemouth.
Crappie: Deep brush in bays are the better areas to target. Some docks are being targeted. Minnows and jigs are being used. Most anglers are catching 7 or 8 keepers per trip.
Catfish: River drifters using a variety of baits are catching a lot of catfish.
Striped bass: More fish are being caught this week than last. Shad is the better bait, but jigs and spoons are also being used.
16 Oct 2014
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 70 degrees in many areas. Friday morning temperatures were in the upper 50’s in parts of the Clinch River.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are reporting catching a few more fish than last week, but most still report slow conditions. Crankbaits used around sloping banks and topwater lures used early and late in the day will provide opportunities for catching a few fish.
Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth bass are being caught in mostly the same locations as the largemouth bass while using the same lures.
Catfish: A lot of catfish are being caught, especially in the tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam. Meaty baits are being used.
Crappie: Deep brush piles are holding a few fish. It takes a while to get a mess of fish. Minnows used near the brush in 18 feet of water will offer the best bet of catching fish.
Bluegill: Anglers are fishing near docks, bluffs, and shallow flats with small jigs and worms. Several fish are being caught and in the Clinch River from Ladd’s Landing to the Tennessee River a few shellcrackers are being caught.
Striped bass: Shad used in the tailwaters is the best combination that can be used to catch stripers right now. Most anglers are not catching much.