With all the rainfall this past weekend, lake levels have surged upward, with readings at New Johnsonville on Monday morning rising above 356ft. TVA is predicting a continued rise to the 358ft levels by this Saturday. Flow rates increased as well, with nearly 100,000cfs coming into the system, and TVA discharging only 60.000cfs out of Kentucky Dam.
Water temperatures remain in the mid 80s, but cooler weather is predicted by this weekend, hopefully lingering awhile, to spur on the fall bite. Bass fishing continues to be ‘hit or miss’ with most fish coming off wood cover in less than 10ft of water. Baits that have worked best are slow rolling spinner baits around the wood cover.
Crappie still haven’t moved into the bays en mass, but once the cooler days/nights start lowering water temperatures, expect the bite to improve in the 10-15ft range. Catfish have remained reluctant to bite, we’re seeing lots of fish in the main river channel, but for whatever reason, nothing is really feeding. A few channel cats should be moving in shallow with the rising water and should be easy to catch on night crawlers.
Wood duck/teal season began last Saturday, and quite a few hunters did fairly well. Teal only season begins on Thursday, September 17th. Deer archery season begins on Saturday, September 26th .