Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 24 May 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 in the lower 70’s.
Largemouth Bass: A plastic worm is the most popular bait. There have been some reports of some big fish being caught. An angler did not catch many fish until he moved into 10 feet of water and then he had a good day with a fish he caught weighing 8 pounds.
Smallmouth Bass: Some nice fish are being caught by those using the same bait and targeting the same water as those catching largemouth.
Walleye: Trollers using crankbaits are catching a few walleye in the waters below Ft. Loudon Dam.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used around docks and submerged brush in the deeper creeks and sloughs to catch crappie. Drifters are catching fish in the open water of creeks such as Piney. These anglers are fishing 20 plus feet of water.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used in the channel to catch fish in the upper reservoir. Some anglers are fishing near rocky areas in the lower reservoir with good success.
Striped bass: The Clinch River and the waters below Ft. Loudon Dam are areas being targeted for striped bass. The number of fish being caught has not been great. The water has not been moving a lot.
16 May 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 74 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Docks in creeks and sloughs along the deeper banks are holding some bass. Flippers and pitchers using creature baits are catching fish. Some bass are being caught along the steeper river banks.
Smallmouth Bass: Deeper rocky banks in the creeks or sloughs are types of areas where smallmouth can be caught. Crankbaits are being used as often as other baits.
Crappie: Docks along deeper creek banks and submerged brush are target locations. Water depths can range from 8 to 25 feet deep. Trollers in deeper water that leads into the shallows are catching some fish. Jigs are being used by most anglers.
Catfish: Several catfish are being caught by crappie trollers in deeper water leading into the sloughs. These catfish are being caught while using jigs. Some upper reservoir drifters are catching catfish while using meaty baits in the river.
Striped bass: Some fish are being caught in the tailwater while using shad. Low water flow has created conditions that are not positive for striper anglers.