It seems like a broken record – rain, wind, followed by cold weather. With the unpredictability in the weather lately, fishing has been tough. With many years of fishing, I’ve found that the best fishing comes with stability, including: water temperatures, water levels, and weather. But lately we’ve not had any stability on the fishing front. Many fishermen love the spring, late April and May, as this is the time for the spawn! But most of the bass and crappie have been reluctant to commit to the spawn. Water temperatures were up into the lower 70s in March, and have been falling back ever since.
Current water temperatures on Kentucky Lake have been in the low to mid-60s and with the record cold predicted for this weekend. Expect the water temperatures to fall back into the low 60s not 50s. Lake levels at New Johnsonville are at summer pool, at 359 ft, and are predicted to remain at that level this week. Flow rates have subsided but have not yet returned to normal. Rates for Kentucky Lake are going to be around 80,000cfs this weekend, but TVA is predicting more water leaving the lake than is coming in, which would indicate a strong flow this upcoming week.
Bass and crappie fishermen have had a tough time of finding fish. There are not many reports of limits this past week, but a few lucky anglers have found some fish. And for those who normally target shellcrackers this time of year, nothing yet has indicated the fish have begun their yearly spawning activities. Remember, all fish are cold-blooded and are dependent upon the surrounding water temperatures. Spawning activity for shellcrackers usually starts with water temperatures around 71 to75 degrees. And at this point, lake temperatures are still 5-10 degrees off.
Turkey season will end in a week, with the spring turkey season ending on May 17. So far, the state has been doing well in numbers of turkey harvested, with Humphreys Co. reporting 440 birds as of Friday. The top county in the state is Maury, with 1,404 birds as of the same date.