Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 24 March 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 738.5 feet. The water surface temperature is in the mid 60’s in most areas.
Largemouth Bass: Several bass are moving into shallower water. Many are near shallow water, but hanging around points leading into shallow areas. jigs, jerkbaits, and lipless lures are the best bet.
Smallmouth Bass: Rocky banks along the deeper water and points leading to shallower water are the areas and jigs or jerk baits are the most used bait. A few are being caught.
Walleye: No observations and no reports.
Sauger: No observation and no reports.
Crappie:Minnows or jigs are being used for bait. Several crappie are being caught. The creeks where 15 to 20 feet of water is available is being trolled to catch black and blacknose crappie. Slow drifting in 60 feet of water in the large creeks is the area where white crappie can be caught. Drop the bait down to the bottom in 60 feet and crank up about 4 turns and hold on.
Catfish:River drifters are catching fish with meaty baits. Upper river anglers are catching larger numbers.
Striped bass:Mid lake “Rig” fishermen are catching a few while bass fishing.
16 March 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 737.8 feet. The water surface temperature is 50 to 55 degrees depending on time of day and location.
Largemouth Bass: More bass are being caught each and every day. Some sloping banks leading into the shallows are being targeted. Jigs, lipless lures and crank baits are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: Most are being caught by those just fishing. Look at largemouth report.
Walleye/Sauger: No observations.
Crappie: Many deep crappie are being caught in the bay areas. Some crappie are moving shallow. Minnows or jigs are being used by tightliners, trollers, or drifters.
Catfish: Meaty baits are being used in the main channel. Several fish are being caught and some are large.
Striped bass: Most are being caught by bass anglers casting the rig in the mid lake area.