Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 26 Aug 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 741.0 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Many anglers are catching their fish late in the evening or at night. Jigs, crankbaits and plastic worms are popular at night. Nearly all the fishermen are focused on the deeper structure or banks.
Smallmouth Bass: These fish are being caught by anglers targeting largemouth or just bass in general.
Walleye: Some reports of tailwater walleye being caught at night. Jigs seem to be the most popular of the baits.
Crappie: Most anglers targeting crappie are fishing at night near lights while using minnows or jigs.
Catfish: River drifters are catching plenty of fish while using meaty baits.
Striped bass: Tailwater anglers are catching fish below Melton Hill Dam and Ft. Loudon Dam while using shad for bait. On Friday the current was strong coming out of the Emory River. The Clinch River was very muddy up to Popular Creek. Trees and garbage was all the way across the river out from Ladd’s Landing.
18 Aug 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.7 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: Summer patterns are dominate. Search the humps, points, and ledges in the deeper water. Jigs and plastic worms are the best baits.
Smallmouth Bass: These fish are being caught while fishing for largemouth.
Walleye: No observations.
Crappie: Minnows or jigs are being used around lights at night. At times many are being caught.
Catfish: River drifters are catching many while using shad during times when the current is favorable.
Striped bass: Shad is the best bait. Several heavy fish are many caught below Ft. Loudon Dam and below Melton Hill Dam.