The fishing season has arrived! Lake levels are back to normal, with Kentucky lake at New Johnsonville holding at 357.7ft for the next few days. Water surface temperatures are staying around 65 degrees. Flow rates on the river have backed off, as TVA was dropping the lake back from 363ft earlierr this week. Flow rates are now around 40,000cfs. Most of our sunfish species (bass, crappie, bluegill) have started the spawning phase.
Most sunfish will begin spawning when water temperatures stay around 68 degrees. Many crappie are in spawn color and being found in 5-10ft depths. The best catches are being taken from fishermen long-lining and spider-rigging. But as the water has now stabilized, expect minnow and jig fishermen to find a good number around shallow stumps and stake beds.
Bass had been up shallow when the water was high, but with a foot per day fall, the fish have pulled back out to the drops from where they had been. Baits of choice are spinner-baits, Texas rigged craws, and worms fished around rock and submerged wood cover.
Turkey season started off well , with many hunters finding birds, here are some totals so far:
State wide Grand total 14,244