Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 21 Oct 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 74 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Most fish are being caught around shad. Most shad can be found around pockets or cuts near the channel. Fishing for most anglers is slow. Crankbaits are being used by most anglers.
Smallmouth Bass: Same as largemouth.
Walleye: Most walleye are being caught by bass anglers in the mid lake fishing near ledges while using crankbaits.
Crappie: Dock pitchers are catching crappie on the deeper docks in the creeks and sloughs.
Catfish: Current is needed for a positive trip when using the number of fish caught as the gauge. Use any meaty bait. Several fish are being caught.
Striped bass: A few anglers are catching stripers in the tailwater areas below Ft. Loudon and Melton Hill Dam. Shad is the best bait. Fishing is better than it has been.
14 Oct 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 77 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: The cooler weather is allowing more anglers to catch a few more fish. Topwater lures are being used early and late. Crankbaits are being used at other times more than other lures. More fish are moving in the larger creeks. Many anglers are still targeting the river banks.
Smallmouth Bass: More smallmouths are being caught at night.
Topwater lures, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are being used for bait. Most smallmouths are being caught in the same areas as largemouth. Many fish are being caught around points close to deeper water and near baitfish.
Walleye: Some walleye are being caught in the mid lake along ledges by anglers using crankbaits.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used to catch a few fish around the deeper docks.
Catfish: River current is necessary. Use shad for the best results. Some big catfish are being caught.
Striped bass: More fish are being caught each week. The tailwater areas below Ft. Loudon and Melton Hill Dams are the top areas to fish. Shad is the better bait. Some fish over 30 pounds are being caught.