Watts Bar Lake by the TWRA

 

Watts Bar Lake Tennessee report by TWRA Region III with the data coming from Huntfishbuddy

 

Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report:  23 Aug 2016

Watts Bar

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.6 feet. The water surface temperature is 85 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Many fish are suspended in the deeper water. This makes catching difficult. Some anglers are catching some shallow fish. The recent storms are creating some opportunities in the upper portion of the major creeks. Topwater lures and plastic worms are being used.

Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth.

Crappie: Night anglers are catching several fish while using minnows under the lights.

Catfish: Upper river anglers are catching more fish than other anglers while using many meaty baits.

Striped bass: The headwaters on the Clinch and Tennessee side are areas where several stripers are being caught while using shad as bait.

 

 

 

 

17 Aug 2016

Watts Bar

Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.5 feet. The water surface temperature is 85 degrees.

Largemouth Bass: Reports of some shallow fish being caught while using topwater lures and plastic worms early and late. Summer patterns are not as dependable this year.

Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth.

Crappie: Night anglers are catching fish at night while using minnows under lights. Bluff walls are a type of area where some anglers are finding some crappie.

Catfish: River drifters are catching fish while using a variety of meaty baits. Shad or bluegill seem to be the better choice now. Current is a must.

Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish while using shad. Some heavy fish are being caught.

White Bass: Late afternoon surface schooling is occurring in many areas of the lake. Small topwater lures are always good.