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Watts Bar Lake

TN (Loudon, Meigs, Rhea, Roane)

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  • Bobber
  • Buzz Baiting
  • Carolina Rigging
  • Cast/Retrieve Deep
  • Cast/Retrieve Mid Depth
  • Cast/Retrieve Shallow
  • Chatterbaiting
  • Crankbaiting
  • Dropshot
  • Finesse Fishing
  • Livebait Rigging
  • Ned Rigging
  • Neko Rigging
  • Shaky Head Fishing
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Spybaiting
  • Texas Rigging
  • Top Water
  • Trolling Deep
  • Trolling Mid Depth
  • Trolling Shallow
  • Vertical Jigging Deep
  • Vertical Jigging Mid Depth
  • Vertical Jigging Shallow
  • Wacky Rigging

Lake Details


What you need to know about fishing Watts Bar Lake

Watts Bar Lake is a reservoir located in east Tennessee on the Tennessee River, just south of the Fort Loudoun Dam. This section of the Tennessee River is 74 miles in length, roughly 39,000 acres of water. Some of the popular game fish include Largemouth, Spotted, Striped, and Smallmouth bass, Walleye, Muskie, Crappie, and Bluegill. Watts Bar is a popular destination for people and there are many resorts and marinas along the river to stay at. This lake was once abundant with milfoil, however it is almost completely gone. Coontail and Pond weed do still remain in the system. Common locations to target Largemouth Bass include the ample laydowns, and stump fields. Smallmouth and Spotted Bass are often found in the main river around rock and current seams. Depending on the season, the panfish can be caught near and around the laydowns on the bank, however normally found in brush piles found out on flats. Watts Bar Lake has a healthy population of both Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, this forage what many of the game fish feed on

Waterbody Type




Surface Area

135.25 sq. km

Avg. Depth

0 ft.

Species Present

Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Crappie, Panfish / Bluegill

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    BobberBuzz BaitingCarolina RiggingCast/Retrieve DeepCast/Retrieve Mid DepthCast/Retrieve ShallowChatterbaitingCrankbaitingDropshotFinesse FishingIce Fishing JigsIce Fishing SpoonsJerk BaitingLivebait RiggingNed RiggingNeko RiggingShaky Head FishingSpinnerbaitsSpybaitingTexas RiggingTop WaterTrolling DeepTrolling Mid DepthTrolling ShallowVertical Jigging DeepVertical Jigging Mid DepthVertical Jigging ShallowWacky Rigging

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