Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 26 Sept 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.4 feet. The water surface temperature is 84 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Fishing is slow for most anglers. Some schooling fish are being caught around shad minnows. Topwater lures, crankbaits, and plastic worms are being used for bait.
Smallmouth Bass: Some fish are being caught by anglers fishing for largemouth.
Crappie: Night anglers are catching fish while fishing under lights and using minnows. Some dock pitchers are also catching daytime crappie around the deeper docks while using jigs.
Catfish: Shad or angler’s favorite meaty baits are being used to catch several fish while the current is moving.
Striped bass: The Clinch River and upper Tennessee River anglers are catching fish with shad. The number of fish caught is better than last week, but the numbers are not really impressive.
20 Sept 2016
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 85 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Most fish are suspended over deeper areas. Just a few anglers are catching a few fish. Crankbaits and plastic worms are being used most often for bait.
Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth.
Crappie: A few crappies are being caught by dock pitchers in the deeper areas. Jigs are the bait used by dock pitchers. Some night anglers fishing around a light source are using minnows to catch a few fish.
Catfish: River drifters are using meaty baits during times when the current is flowing to catch some good fish. Shad or bluegill is the best bait.
Striped bass: Upper river anglers are using shad to catch fish. Some days are decent. Many anglers are choosing to stay home and avoid the relentless heat.