Not much has been going on in the outdoors of late, except heat and humidity. The dog days of summer are upon us, with most outdoor activities confined to recreational boating involving either getting into the water or creating a breeze to keep cool.

Lake levels here in the New Johnsonville area are now around the low 357ft mark, with TVA reporting Lake levels will remain stable this week. Water temperatures remain in the mid 80s with flow rates around only 30,0000cfs when TVA is generating power through the dams.

Fishing has remained tough, with a few bass showing up busting minnows (shad) in the early morning and then backing off to deeper areas as the sun rises. Top water fished around the plentiful shad seems to work early, while “finesse” baits are working better as the heat rises. Crappie continue to be taken along the deeper areas around cover, mainly along the river channel and deep creeks when the current is present. Catfish have started biting again, although not great, but some good fish have been taken over
the last week – mainly fishing live bait (bluegill, shad) close to cover in deeper water.

Hunters need to be reminded, hunting season is just around the corner, with squirrel opening the fourth Saturday this month, and dove on September 1.