Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 02 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 55 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Bass are being caught on the flats and in the sloughs where shad can be found. Crankbaits are being used by many anglers.
Smallmouth Bass: These fish can be caught in the same areas while using the same lures as largemouth. Some anglers are catching more around rocky areas that are slightly deeper.
Walleye/Sauger: A few fish are being caught while using minnows or jigs along the bottom in the tailwater. Fishing is sporadic and slow.
Crappie: Docks and blowdowns in 8 to 10 feet of water are target areas for those anglers that are catching fish. Minnows or jigs can be used to catch fish.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used this week to catch a lot of fish in the river while the current is running. Small to medium shrimp were a favorite for a few anglers, swapping shrimp to eat for catfish to eat.
Striped bass: Swimbaits are being used by many anglers. Striped bass are moving into mid lake coves.
22 Nov 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 737.9 feet. The water surface temperature is 62 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are fishing the areas where shad minnows can be found. Shad minnows are in the sloughs and the river. Some schooling fish are being caught while using lipless lures.
Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth. There may be a greater chance of catching a smallie around the cove entrances near rocky banks.
Walleye/Sauger: Some anglers are catching a few fish according to reports. No observations.
Crappie: Use jigs around docks and minnows near the blowdowns. Target depth should be 8 to 10 feet deep.
Catfish: Current is needed. Use any meaty bait. Fishing is good.
Striped bass: Some tailwater fish are being caught. Some fish are moving downstream.