TVA has dropped the lake level here at New Johnsonville to around 358.1ft as of Tuesday, with water levels to remain stable for the rest of the week. Flow rates will be averaging aroun 30.000-35.000cfs this week. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s with some shallow water reaching into the 90s.

Both the Buffalo and Duck Rivers have been up last week due to the rainfall we received last week. And fishing has been tough, mainly due to the excessive heat. Most fishermen have been restricting their fishing activity to early and late when the temperatures are not so bad. Bass fishermen are finding a few fish shallow around weed beds, tossing spinner-baits and working them close to the surface.

Also, a few fish have been found on the ledges using Texas rigged baits fished slow. Bluegill are still being found around the mayfly hatches on the main river banks, and some good spawning action in the shallow protective areas. Catfish have been slow, although some have been found along the river-drops in 35-50ft of water.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that this year there will be no hand drawing for the WMA’s duck blinds, and Sportsmen can apply at through July 26.