For information on What is happening with Kevin? follow the link. The remainder of this site remains as it was prior to his medical diagnosis for historical purposes.
Watts Bar Lake Fishing Guide
Some people fish, and some people catch. If you want to catch, you need to be fishing with Watts Bar Lake fishing guide - Kevin Barnett. Catching a specified number of 'keeper' fish can not be guaranteed however in the unlikely event that no fish are caught, a half-day pass will be issued for a future fishing trip. All guide trips will leave from Whites Creek Marina, near Rockwood Tennessee.
Based in Rockwood, Tennessee - Call Kevin at: 847-301-2389 or email
Guide Rates Lake Facts Photos Links Rockwood Marina
Crappie season 2012 has begun!! Now is the time to schedule your trip!
In the photo to the left, the shore of Watts Bar Lake near Rockwood Tennessee. In the photo to the right, mess of Crappie; the small fish placed sideways is a 10 incher view album for more details. Tennessee Crappie and Bass fishing is good on Watts Bar Lake year-around. As with any lake, obtaining a fishing guide who knows where and what to fish is the secret to having a good time, any time. You will hear from some that certain fish are out of season, or in other words no longer catchable. The fact of the matter is however that all fish feed year around. If they didn't, you would have some pretty skinny fish. You just need to know where they are and what they are hitting on. Again, the best method is to get with a Watts Bar Lake fishing guide like Kevin Barnett who knows the lake and the species of fish in it. Rockwood Tennessee lies on the northwest shore of Watts Bar Lake, and features several of its own boat launch areas as well as many nearby.
In the photo to the left, a nice string of crappie caught with Kevin near Rockwood. The 2012 Tennessee Crappie season now in full swing. The height of the season has begun, people are catching a few Crappie off the docks, but the real stringers lie in wait somewhere offshore. Soon Crappie bag limits will be filled and pans will be full; kind of kicks off your taste buds doesn't it? I can smell the Crappie cooking myself; it is, after all, my favorite fish.
Tennessee Catfish are moving as well, with some of the big ones beginning to move about as they feed on their most sought after bait. Can you guess what the most desired meal of the big Catfish is? Everyone has their own idea of what will bring in the big ones, but Kevin has a secret that really does land the big ones. I can tell you this, catfish are not bottom feeders as I have heard many say. No, they don't have any relationship to sucker fish either other than they both swim in water.
In this photo to the left, Titus with his fishing trip trophy catfish. He's a believer now. Double click the photo for a larger view. This customer took home 34 pounds of fish fillets from this one-day trip. Titus said that this fishing trip made is stay in Rockwood Tennessee one of the best vacations of his life!
Watts Bar Lake is a man-made lake in east central Tennessee, and therefore dam controlled, and has two seasonal levels, summer pool is April through October; during this time, the lake is at the high water level which can be visualized by the water at the vegetation level around the lake. November through March is known as winter pool and the lake is about five feet lower. During winter pool, there is a significant shore differential from the high water level. The best fishing times may be somewhat seasonal depending upon the species you desire. Watts Bar lake is known for its record size fish primarily due to the fact that it was grossly under-fished for a number of years. Watts Bar Lake is the largest lake in the Tennessee River chain of man-made lakes at 72 miles long with 722 miles of shoreline, and 39,090 acres of water surface area. Obtain a Watts Bar Lake fishing guide and see just what is in the lake! The photo to the right shows a nice string of Crappie caught in Watts Bar Lake near Rockwood Tennessee.
Fish these species with Kevin Barnett on Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee
|Species||Sub-species||Best Season||Bait||Bag/Possession Limits*||Size Restrictions*|
|Black Bass||Large Mouth||All Year||Proprietary²||
5 in Combination
|Small Mouth||Proprietary²||18 Inches|
|Striped / Hybrid Bass||Stripers aka Rock Fish not same as Rock Bass||Apr-Oct||Proprietary²||2 in Combination||
2 In Combination
|Crappie||White||Spring and Fall||Minnows||15||10 Inches|
|Black||Spring and Fall||Minnows||15||10 Inches|
|Catfish||Flathead||Spring and Fall||Panfish/Sunfish||None¹||1 over 34 inches|
|Blue||Spring and Fall||Panfish/Sunfish||None¹||1 over 34 inches|
|Channel||Spring and Fall||Panfish/Sunfish||None¹||1 over 34 inches|
|Panfish/Sunfish||Blue Gill||Early Summer||Worms/Fly/Poppers||None||None|
|Red Ear Sunfish||Early Summer||Worms/Fly/Poppers||20||None|
* When fishing with Kevin, he will ensure that limits and restrictions are complied with; otherwise each sportsman is responsible to ensure that they are in compliance with state law in all respects. ¹ Some restrictions apply, see other columns, ask Kevin, or reference state law for more information. ² Kevin uses some baits and techniques which are proprietary in that he will divulge these secrets only to his customers.
In this photo, a 47 pound flathead catfish. I have heard people telling stories of the large fish they have caught in Watts bar lake, but I can tell you that with Watts Bar Lake fishing guide Kevin Barnett, I have caught on a regular basis, cat fish as large as my leg. That isn't any stretch of the truth either. You can and will catch very large fish, and you can and will get your bag limit on most occasions. As always however the secret is obtaining a Watts Bar Lake fishing guide who knows where the fish are and what they are hitting on!
Record Tennessee Crappie and Bass aren't the only fish hiding out in Watts Bar Lake, it also contains some of the largest Catfish in Tennessee. The big catfish of Watts Bar Lake have some great hideouts in the lake as well. I have been on the boat with Kevin while he has caught many Catfish of record size, and it is not unusual to catch several on every trip. It is also not uncommon to find a 6/0 hook straightened out or badly bent. One of their favorite holes is near Rockwood Tennessee.
for Scheduling or Information
* Table of Rates - Limited to 6 persons - Children ok, please notify at booking
|No Beer Supplied**||Half Day² - 4 Hrs||Whole Day³ - 8 Hrs||Exclusive¹ Half Day||Exclusive¹ Whole Day|
|$150.00 plus $35 per person.||$275.00 plus $35 per person.||$165.00 plus $35 per person.||$295.00 plus $35 per person.|
|Bait Only Supplied||$150.00 plus $20 per person.||$275.00 plus $20 per person.||$165.00 plus $20 per person.||$295.00 plus $20 per person.|
|Bait Drinks and Snacks Provided||$140 plus $30 per person||$275 plus $30 per person||$165 plus $30 per person||$295 plus $30 per person|
**Guests may bring their own beer but drinking to the point of intoxication is not permitted
All Inclusive = Gear, Bait, Drinks** and Snacks Provided
*With the exception of exclusive scheduling, other persons may be included in the trip AND/OR fishing times may include early morning or late evening. ¹Exclusive rates include up 4 persons maximum from a single party. ²Half day equals 4 hours dock to dock time. ³Whole day equals 8 hours dock to dock time. Rockwood Tennessee is home to Kevin Barnett, Watts Bar Lake Fishing Guide.