Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 21 Jan 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 736.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 48 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Some fish are being caught, but the rate of fish being caught is less than in previous weeks. Most are casting the rig.
Smallmouth Bass: Slower than in recent weeks probably because the bait fish are moving.
Walleye: Slow. A few fish are being caught while using jigs.
Sauger: Slow. No observations and few reports.
Crappie: Good. Crappie are being caught in large bays along the bottom underneath large balls of bait fish. Some anglers are catching fish out of deep brush.
Catfish: Good. River drifters in all areas are catching a lot of fish. Upper reservoir is the most fished area for catfish. Use almost any meaty bait.
Striped bass: Fair. Mid lake is the better area. Bass anglers are catching these fish on the rig.
13 Jan 2015
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 738.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 41 degrees. Cold weather lowered the interest.
Largemouth Bass: A few are being caught around large water points and ledges. The rig is tied on most rods.
Smallmouth Bass: Slow. No observations and just a couple of reports. Float-N-Fly is being used most often.
Walleye: Jerkbaits and jigs are the most popular baits. No observations, just fish tales.
Sauger: A jig used along the bottom is the better bait choice. Not many reports. Just a few reports suggest fishing may be slow and the fish may not have moved upstream yet.
Crappie: Some crappie are being caught in all areas. Jigs are being used most often. 15 feet of water around structure in large water areas seem to offer the best chance of catching fish.
Catfish: River drifters are catching plenty of fish while using a variety of baits.
Striped bass: The rig is the best bait. Fish the deeper baits and creek channels.
Musky: The Clinch River is the place where some musky are being caught on a few lures. The rig is the most popular lure.