Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 24 Nov 2014
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 737.7 feet. The water surface temperature is in the 50’s.
Largemouth Bass: Some fish are being caught near rocky banks, most are being caught near shad in the coves. Spoons, spinnerbaits, and topwater baits are being used.
Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth are being caught around rocky banks, but the majority are being caught in open water in the sloughs in 10 feet of water near shad.
Walleye: Reports of several fish being caught. Most are under the required minimum length.
Crappie: Crappie are being caught around some docks. These are black crappie and some open water slough crappie are being caught near brush piles. Minnows or jigs are being used.
Catfish: Drifters are catching fish in the main channel while drifting with meaty baits.
Striped bass: A lot of fish are being caught in the sloughs in shallow water. Most stripers are being caught in the mid to lower area of the lake.
20 Nov 2010
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 738.4 feet. The water surface temperature is 50 to 56 degrees depending on time of day and location.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Some bass are being caught in the sloughs near shad minnows. Spoons, lipless crankbaits and swimbaits are receiving most of the work.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair. Secondary rocky banks are better. Jigs or crankbaits seem to be the better baits.
Walleye: Fair.A few reports, but no observations. Jigs, minnows, and crankbaits are being used.
Sauger: Fair. Some reports, No observations.
Crappie: Good. Docks and jigs are the combination for black fish. Jigs or minnows and brush in the lake area for white fish. The white crappie will be deeper than the black crappie.
Catfish: Good. Drifters in the main channel are catching a lot of fish. Size will be determined by the type and size of bait being used.
Striped bass: Good. A lot of fish can be caught in the mid lake near shad if you are there at the right time. Timing is everything. Some of the fish are in the bays in 15 feet of water around shad and normally later in the day they occasionally follow the shad into very shallow water.