Fort Loudoun Lake is a reservoir in east Tennessee on the upper Tennessee River, extending about 50 miles (80 km) along the river from Lenoir City to Knoxville. Fort Loudoun Reservoir takes its name from the 18th-century British fort built on a nearby site during the French and Indian War. The fort was named for John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun, commander of British forces in North America at the time. Fort Loudoun is a popular recreation destination, known for bass fishing, boating, and birdwatching. The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing a variety of waterbirds, including herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey, and bald eagle
Full pool 813 feet. Lake level is just under 813 feet, up 2 feet from last week. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60ís. Smallmouth Bass ó Good. Warmer water is bringing larger fish in shallow for the spawn. Shad-raps and Ratíl-Traps remain are popular. Crank-baits, spinner-baits, jerk-baits, jigs and the Alabama-rig are picking up fish. The Alabama-rig with willow-leaf blades remains the hot bait. Largemouth Bass ó Good. Rocky points and submerged wood in creeks are holding fish in the 3-10 feet range. Shaky-head worms and lizards are producing very well. Crank-baits, Ratíl-Traps, jigs, tubes, Carolina-rigs and Alabama-rigs are also catching fish. Striped Bass ó Good. Swim-baits, buck-tail jigs, Ratíl-Traps and live shad are all finding fish. The canal area remains a good area. Crappie ó Good. Fish are congregating around submerged timber all over the lake. Submerged structure and boathouses are holding fish anywhere from 10 to 30 feet deep. Crank-baits trolled near submerged brush piles or minnows on lead-heads are catching fish. Walleye ó Fair. Fish are generally 10-20 feet deep. The area just below the old bridge trestles off of Highway 129 is still producing. White buck-tail jigs tipped with minnows and jigged along the edges of the river channel or along flats adjacent to channels are producing fish.
Full pool 813 feet. Lake level is at 809 feet, the same as last week. Water temperatures range from mid 50's to near 60 degrees. Smallmouth Bass-Good. Crank-baits, spinner-baits and black or blue hair or rubber jigs are accounting for most catches. Points are still the best spot to locate bigger fish.
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