Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 18 Aug 2014
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in many areas.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are not catching a lot of fish. Summer patterns prevail. Crankbaits, plastic worms, and jigs are being used more often. Night, early and late in the day is the best time to fish.
Smallmouth Bass: Most anglers are not catching many. Most smallmouth are caught by those targeting largemouth or just bass.
Walleye: No observations. A report from an angler suggest a few may be caught in the tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam at night while using jigs or crankbaits.
Crappie: No observations. Reports of a few night lighters catching some crappie using minnows or jigs. Large secondary waters or bluff walls in the large secondary areas will increase the odds of catching a few.
Catfish: Anglers using the right bait in the right area can catch all the catfish they want to catch. Smaller meaty baits will catch more and larger baits catch larger fish. Worms, crawlers, shrimp, “Ivory” soap, shad, bluegill, chicken parts, frankfurters, and cheese are just a few suggestions.
Striped bass: Some days are better than others. 35 being caught was the largest number reported this week. Shad or jigs were used. Bucktail jigs green and white in color were being used.
12 Aug 2014
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 741.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Plastic worms and jigs are being used more than other baits. Primary waters and large secondary around humps and ledges offers the great opportunity.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Most are being caught while fishing for largemouth.
White bass: Good. Some surface breaking is occurring. Topwater lures are being used. Humps that break at 15 feet and drop into 25 to 30 feet of water in the primary areas are the best waters to locate. Use spinner-type lures.
Walleye: No reports.
Crappie: Use lights, minnows or jigs, in combination at night.
Catfish: Good. Large water areas in the river and meaty baits will offer the best opportunity.
Striped bass: Good at times. 35 caught by a party early Wednesday in the Ft. Loudon Tailwaters. Shad is the best bait.