Fishing continues to improve slowly, with the hot temperatures beginning to give way to somewhat cooler temps, fishing will improve. Hot water can be stressful on fish, due to the waters lower capacity to hold oxygen. most of our sunfish species preferred water temperature is around 68 degrees.
Lake levels at New Johnsonville have been holding just over 356ft. TVA has increased flow rates on the TN river system to hold the lake at this level. Flow rates this past weekend were averaging 35.000cfs, TVA has increased flows to around 45.000cfs as of Monday. Water temps have backed off a few degrees, to around 86 degrees.
Bass continue to elude most anglers, I believe in part to poor water conditions (low oxygen levels, warm water temps, etc). some anglers continue to find a few fish around boat docks and back of creeks where cooler water is present.
Crappie are still being taken in the deeper water 15-25ft depths using slow presentations fished around cover.
Catfish are still being found around the main river drops, especially around points with cover in the 30-40ft range. Baits of choice for small eater sized fish is night crawlers and chicken liver. larger fish have been in the deeper parts of the river, taken on cut fish.
The Velvet deer hunt took place this past weekend, with only 4 deer being taken county wide. Squirrel season opened as well, and will continue through the end of next February. The regular archery deer will start the fourth Saturday in August.
As we get closer to this years hunting season, make sure you have taken and passed a required hunter education class. Classes have been, and will be offered throughout the year, with the next class in Humphreys Co. to be held on Sept. 7th. and will be a ‘Field Day’ Class, whereas participants have to take on on-line hunter ed class and bring a voucher of completion to be able to enroll into the field day class. To find or enroll in a hunter-ed class, go to TNwildlife.org