Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 02 March 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 737.2 feet. The water surface temperature is 42 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are using the rig along the banks and in the open secondary water locations. Look for baitfish in the secondary locations.
Smallmouth Bass: Float-N-Fly used along the rocky banks of the river is the most popular combination.
Walleye/Sauger: The colder weather, snow and ice limited the opportunities for many.
Crappie: Lower lake anglers found a few biters 25 to 35 feet deep in the creeks and sloughs while fishing a minnow or jig very slow.
Catfish: River drifters, especially upper river drifters, although few in number had some good days while drifting with shad along the bottom.
Striped bass: Most stripers are being caught by those targeting bass in the mid-lake while using the “Rig”.
Musky: A growing interest in the toothy critters has more and more people trying their luck. A few are being caught. A well-equipped and experienced musky angler told me that a good 8 hours on the water would probably result in 1 boated musky.
23 Feb 2015
Watts Bar: Most anglers stayed home and sharpened hooks this past week. Predicted warmer weather should thaw out things a bit allowing the anglers to return.
19 Feb 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 736.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 42 degrees. The number of anglers fishing the reservoir is lower than usual.
Largemouth Bass: Some bass are being caught around deep banks in secondary locations, but more often in the river. “The Rig” is the most used bait. Some anglers are using jigs and jerkbaits.
Smallmouth Bass: River banks are the most fished locations for smallmouth bass. “The Rig”, jigs, and jerkbaits are being used for bait.
Walleye/Sauger: Some fish are being caught by drifters using jigs along the bottom.
Crappie: Secondary water in depths from 12 to 30 feet is the area where most crappie are being caught. Look for shad on the electronics in the deeper water and fish around them.
Catfish: Drifters in the main channel using meaty baits are catching plenty of fish.
Striped bass: Most stripers are being caught in the mid lake area by bass anglers.