Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 27 July 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 85 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Deep summer structure was the best pattern. Those areas closest to the river seemed to be better than other areas. Jigs, plastic worms, spoons, and crankbaits are the best baits.
Smallmouth Bass: Most smallmouth are being caught while fishing the same areas and using the same baits as largemouth.
White Bass: Surface action can be found in many areas of the lake. Spinner type lures and small topwater baits are being used. Several are being caught in the mid lake along deep ledges found near sunken islands.
Crappie: Only a few reports of crappie being caught near lights at night while using minnows.
Catfish: River drifters are catching plenty of fish using meaty baits. Shad is a favorite.
Striped bass: Tailwaters are being fished by anglers using shad or jigs. Several fish are being caught. A guided trip started below Melton Hill Dam with 9 boated stripers being caught and all were over 30 pounds. The trip finished below Ft. Loudon Dam with 9 more stripers being caught and the biggest fish caught in these waters was
20 July 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 84 degrees in some areas.
Largemouth Bass:Bass are being caught along ledges, humps, and river bluffs. Many baits are being used. Jigs and crank baits are being used as often as any other baits. Observations and reports indicate that fishermen at times are catching several fish.
Smallmouth Bass:Reports suggest that night anglers are catching more smallmouth than day anglers. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, worms and jigs are being used. Fish close to the river.
Walleye: A few walleye are being caught. Most of these fish are being caught by bank anglers. Jigs are being used.
Crappie:Most anglers are not focused on crappie. Only a few are being caught by those anglers fishing primarily at night in different locations and always around lights.
Catfish:River drifters continue to catch a lot of catfish. Many different baits are being used, but they all are meaty. Shrimp was the weekly favorite.
Striped bass:Most stripers are being caught while using shad. Fishing is good. Many are being caught downstream a little further than is normal for the time of year.