Watts Bar Lake Fishing Report: 16 Oct 2014
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 70 degrees in many areas. Friday morning temperatures were in the upper 50’s in parts of the Clinch River.
Largemouth Bass: Most anglers are reporting catching a few more fish than last week, but most still report slow conditions. Crankbaits used around sloping banks and topwater lures used early and late in the day will provide opportunities for catching a few fish.
Smallmouth Bass: Some smallmouth bass are being caught in mostly the same locations as the largemouth bass while using the same lures.
Catfish: A lot of catfish are being caught, especially in the tailwaters below Ft. Loudon Dam. Meaty baits are being used.
Crappie: Deep brush piles are holding a few fish. It takes a while to get a mess of fish. Minnows used near the brush in 18 feet of water will offer the best bet of catching fish.
Bluegill: Anglers are fishing near docks, bluffs, and shallow flats with small jigs and worms. Several fish are being caught and in the Clinch River from Ladd’s Landing to the Tennessee River a few shellcrackers are being caught.
Striped bass: Shad used in the tailwaters is the best combination that can be used to catch stripers right now. Most anglers are not catching much.
29 Sept 2014
Watts Bar:The lake elevation is 740.9 feet. This is mid summer level. The water surface temperature is in the upper 70’s.
Bass:Slow. Jigs and plastic worms are being used for bait. Rocky points are good with some current. Early morning anglers are catching some top water fish.
Crappie:Fair. Mostly at night near lights. Minnows are the best bait.
Catfish:Good. River channel drifters using meaty baits from various sources are catching a lot of fish in different areas.
Bluegill:Good. Worms and crickets used near docks and river bluff walls are the baits and locations.