Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 20 July 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 84 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Many anglers are struggling to find fish. Most fish are suspended in the deeper water near ledges or humps.
Smallmouth Bass: Most fish are being caught at night along steep river banks. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms are being used.
Crappie: Night anglers are catching fish under lights at night. Minnows are being used more than other baits.
Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching the greater number of fish while using shad. Current is a plus. Saturday at Ft. Loudon Dam the current did not move until 2 P.M.
12 July 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Some of the better fishing is at night. A few anglers are catching fish using topwater lures. Some anglers are catching fish on the usual summer patterns such as points, ledges, and irregular features in the deeper water. Plastic worms, jigs and crankbaits are the preferred lures.
Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth.
Crappie: Night anglers are catching fish under lights in different areas while using minnows and occasionally jigs.
Striped bass: Shad used for bait in the upper reservoir and tailwater areas is the combination for catching stripers. Current needs to be present for the better results.
Bluegill: Rocky banks and boat docks are the areas being targeted for bluegill. Worms or crickets are the better baits.
White Bass: Surface schooling in the evening is common in the mid lake. Spinner type lures and small topwater baits are being used for bait. Look for main channel humps or breaks when the surface feeders are not present. Heavy spinner type lures are being used on these ledges to catch white bass.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used in the main channel to catch a lot of catfish when adequate current is present. Most fishing for catfish occurs in the mid to upper reservoir.