Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 28 June 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees. Low water flow is creating conditions that are not favorable for summer fishing.
Largemouth Bass: Some fish are being caught by those anglers primarily using jigs or plastic worms in deeper water or close to the deeper areas. Irregular features in these areas are where the most fish are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass: Same area and baits as largemouth. Small numbers of fish are being caught.
Crappie: Deeper docks in combination with jigs will offer an opportunity to catch a few black crappies. The better fishing will be at night under some lights.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used to catch just a few fish.
Striped bass: Slow fishing for many. Those that are catching a few are using shad in the tailwaters.
20 June 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 82 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Some deep bass are being caught while using plastic worms near irregular features in the river and in the deeper creeks.
Smallmouth Bass: The same patterns are being fished to catch smallmouth bass.
Walleye/Sauger: A few fish are being caught from the mid to upper reservoir in the deeper water in or close to the main channel while using crankbaits.
Crappie: The only reports this past week of fish being caught was by those using jigs or minnows under lights at night.
Catfish: Fishing is slow. Increase your odds of catching by using shad in some moving water if you can locate any.
Striped bass: Upper river fish are being caught in low numbers by those using shad for bait.