Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 28 Oct 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 in the upper to mid 60’s.
Largemouth Bass: Bass are moving into more shallow water. Some schooling activity is occurring. Topwater lures, crank baits, and spoons are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: More smallmouth are being caught than last week. Most anglers are using the same lures in the same locations as they are for largemouth.
Walleye: Some reports of an occasional walleye being caught at night.
Sauger: 1 or 2 fish are being caught by anglers. Not much more than that though. minnows fished along the bottom in the dead water of the tailwaters.
Crappie: 10 to 15 feet of water near brush while using minnows is the best pattern. Stringers have not been heavy.
Catfish: Drifters in the main channel are catching plenty of fish. Meaty baits from various sources are being used.
Striped bass: Some stripers are being caught in the Clinch River and near the Ft. Loudon Tailwaters. Shad is the best bait.
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.