Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 29 Dec 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 737.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 49 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: The best of the shallow bite seems to be gone as compared to the recent past. Most anglers are moving out toward the river. Jigs, jerkbaits, and live baiters are catching more fish than other anglers. Some 5 and 6 pound fish were recently caught in the mid lake. Recent rains and warmer temperatures should secure some bass near springtime areas.
Smallmouth Bass: Most fish caught are on the main lake (bluffs, rip rap with current). Slower moving baits are being used by most fishermen.
Walleye: Several reports of walleye being caught in the tailwater area and downstream in traditional sauger areas. Jigs bounced along the bottom are the best technique to use.
Crappie: Creek channels leading into the river are holding fish. Deep secondary channels are also holding fish. Minnows or jigs fished deep are producing the better results.
Catfish: Several catfish are being caught. Recent rain events have encouraged catfish to feed in some creek areas and sloughs adjacent to the main river.