Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 17 April 2018
Reservoir Conditions: Normal summer elevation: 740.5 feet. Normal winter elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 739.98 feet. The water surface temperature is 60 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Rising water level is causing the bass to scatter out making fish somewhat difficult to locate for some anglers. Use plastic worms or jigs in shallow water.
Smallmouth Bass: Fish sloping banks leading into the shallow areas while using crankbaits.
Crappie: Most fish are shallow. Troll jigs or use minnows around brush.
Catfish: Most are shallow. Use anything meaty.
Walleye: Troll crankbaits in the tailwater below Ft. Loudon Dam.
11 April 2018
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 738.38 feet. The water surface temperature is 54 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Fish shallow water, secondary points, or locations in between these areas. Crankbaits, jigs, or jerkbaits are the most used baits.
Smallmouth Bass: Several smallmouth bass are being caught. Use crankbaits on rocky and sloping banks.
Walleye: Some walleye are being caught while bouncing jigs along the bottom in the tailwater below Ft. Loudon Dam.
Crappie: Use minnows or jigs in the secondary transition areas where deep water and the shallow water meet. Crappie are being caught from 8 to 30 feet.
Catfish: Some big catfish are being caught. Use meaty baits.
Striped bass: Upper river anglers are catching fish while using shad. Most fish are downstream from the tailwater.