Fishing conditions for Watts Bar for October 3, 2018:
Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 740.5 feet. Winter normal elevation: 736.0 feet. Current elevation: 741.06 feet. The water surface temperature is in the mid 80’s.
Largemouth Bass: The lake level is high and some areas are flooded. Expect a quick return to normal elevations if the projected schedule holds true. Blowdowns are being targeted with plastic worms or crankbaits. Some of the slough areas with grass are being targeted by anglers using buzzbaits. Several fish are being caught. Recent observations did not include any giants.
Smallmouth Bass: Rocky areas close to the main channel will probably increase the odds of a greater number of smallmouth being caught. A crankbait is the most used bait.
Crappie: Some fish are being caught along rocky walls with blowdowns while using minnows.
Catfish: Meaty baits from various sources are being used in the river and plenty of fish are being caught.
Striped bass: The tailwater below the dams are holding some striped bass. Shad is the better bait.
White Bass: Some breaking fish can be caught. Most breaking white bass can be found in the mid lake. The mid lake breaks on the main channel are holding white bass that can be caught while using spinner-type lures. Most fish will be 15 feet deep or deeper.