Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 26 May 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.9 feet. The water surface temperature is 74 degrees.
Largemouth Bass: A lot of fish are being caught. Plastic worms are being used by many anglers. Docks in 8 feet of water or deeper in the large creeks is the better pattern.
Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth bass are being caught while casting for largemouth.
Walleye: Trollers are catching fish below Ft. Loudon Dam. The number of fish being caught is not great. The current needs to be favorable. Crankbaits are the best.
Crappie: Deep brush piles in the creeks and sloughs are being fished with jigs or minnows. Several are being caught.
Catfish: Current must be favorable. Meaty baits are being used. Several fish are being caught.
Striped bass: Current or lack of it is a problem. Check the schedule. Most stripers are down stream 10 miles or so from the tailwater. Shad is the better bait.
19 May 2015
Watts Bar: Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 740.9 feet. The water surface temperature is
Largemouth Bass: A lot of bass are being caught in areas leading from the shallow water to the deeper water. 10 feet of water around docks and brush is a combination where one may expect to catch fish. Getting a big bite has been challenging. Jigs and creature lures are being used most often.
Smallmouth Bass: Rocky banks near the deep water have been targeted for smallmouth bass. Jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are being used.
Walleye/Sauger: Some Ft. Loudon Dam frequent anglers have reported catching some walleye while using crankbaits. They suggested that night hours are probably better. No observations though.
Crappie: Docks and brush in the deeper secondary areas are being fished by several anglers while using minnows or jigs. The better depth seems to be 15 to 25 feet.
Catfish: Many fish are being caught by drifters using meaty baits from many sources. One angler uses frankfurters soaked in grape jelly.
Striped bass: Slower than normal in the tailwaters. Action seems to be gradually warming.