Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 09 Dec 2014
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 49 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Secondary locations are better. Some very shallow water bass are being caught. Spinnerbaits, lipless lures, and swimbaits are the popular baits.
Smallmouth Bass: Some fish are being caught shallow, but the majority seem to be located along rocky secondary points. Jigs or crankbaits are being used most often.
Walleye: Some walleye are being caught. Most fish are caught at night while fishing from the bank. One local angler reported that if an angler fishes every night, there would be a good night once a week. Jigs and jerk baits are being used for bait.
Sauger: No reports.
Crappie: Crappie are being caught around docks, brushpiles, and near current breaks on rock walls in the river. Jigs and minnows are being used.
Catfish: Drifters are catching plenty of fish in the river while using shad and other meaty baits. Flowing water is a plus.
Striped bass: Swimbaits are being used in the creeks and coves mostly in the mid to lower reservoir.
02 Dec 2014
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 737.0 feet. The water surface temperature is in the 50’s.
Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught near shad. Some sporadic schooling activity is occurring. Crankbaits are the most used bait with swimbaits coming in at a close second.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass are being caught by anglers that are fishing for largemouth or just any bass.
Walleye: Some walleye are being caught. Jigs used along the bottom near the tailwater area is the best location and technique.
Sauger: Only a few are being caught. Jigs used along the bottom in the tailwater offers the best opportunity for catching sauger.
Crappie: Lake areas are the best place to target crappie. Look for brush submerged in water deeper than 12 feet.
Catfish: Drifters in the main channel are catching plenty of fish on shad or other meaty baits.
Striped bass: Shallow coves or the deeper creeks leading into the coves are the better location to find stripers in the middle section of the lake. look for shad and cast swimbaits.