Lake levels continue to fall back to normal levels, with TVA predicting a stable level of 355.5 over the next few days. Water temps remain in the low to mid 50s with flow rates on Kentucky lake around 150,000cfs through Friday, but with the expected rainfall predicted in the TN river valley, expect lake levels to rise again. Fishing has continued to be slow for most species, with top bass tournament weights around 15lbs, and quite a few small-mouth bass are showing up in livewells. Crappie are starting
to bite, with most fish coming off deeper ledges in depths of 15-20ft, but with the warm rain coming this week, I do see the fish moving shallow as water warms towards the 60 degree mark. Catfish have been tough to find as well, with the water levels falling earlier this week, and strong current, the cats have been reluctant to bite.
Fishermen are reminded to purchase this year’s hunting/fishing license. Last year’s ran out on Feb. 29, and the new ones began on March 1. The new fishing guide has been distributed at all license agents: Casey’s general stores in New Johnsonville and Waverly, Walmart, Hunts Outdoors, and Bud’s Market in McEwen.
For those wishing to fish the Duck River Bottoms, the USFS will open the bottoms on March 16 to the whole refuge. The refuge has been closed to access throughout the winter to serve as a resting place for migrating waterfowl, and is closed to all access from November 15 to March 15. The refuge main road was closed earlier this month due to flooding, but is now back open.
Turkey season will be opening soon, with the juvenile hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 28-29, and the regular season opening on April 4.
As always, refer to the hunting guide for more information on hunting.