Tennessee’s deer archery season opened this weekend. Although many deer hunters no longer archery hunt, there are many who love the early opportunity to harvest a deer early in the season before hunters come out en mass during the gun hunts. Last year, only 3 deer were harvested on opening weekend of archery season. Hunters are reminded to consult with the most current hunting guide for rules and regulations pertaining to hunting.

Kentucky Lake water levels continue to fall back toward winter pool, with levels at New Johnsonville at the 355.5ft mark on Saturday. TVA is predicting a slow fall toward 355ft by mid-week, with flow rates around 50,000cfs. Water temperatures have fallen off somewhat this past week, with most of Kentucky Lake surface temperatures hovering around the mid 70s.

Duck River water temperatures are considerably cooler, with average temperatures around mid to upper 60s. Crappie have started their migration into the bays, with most fish remaining scattered in 10-12ft ranges. However, expect to see some fish move into the 4-10ft range on cloudy days, especially when shad are present in the shallows.

Bass have finally made their way shallow, with some good catches coming from shallow flats in the back of the bays where bass are chasing shad. Catfish action has also picked up, with most fish being found along the river drops in 30-40ft range, taken on night crawlers and livers.