Deer archery season began the 4th Saturday in September, and now with a week under our belt, Humphreys Co. has harvested 45 deer, of which 11 were antlered and the remainder were antler-less. Deer archery season will continue until the youth hunt at the end of the month. Always, I would like to remind everyone hunting to consult with the most current hunting guide when any questions might arise.
Lake levels here in our area have remained stable, with current lake levels at New Johnsonville, just above the 355ft mark, and TVA predicting the levels to remain stable this week. Flow rates have dropped off from last week to the the 50,000cfs level, and are predicted to drop further to around 30,000-40,000cfs this week. Water temperatures have been falling as well, with most mid-day surface temps on KY lake hovering around the low to mid 70’s. The Duck River and Buffalo River have also fallen back to normal levels and the water color is looking good–water temps on the Duck have been in the mid to upper 60’s. With the lower water levels on the Tennessee and Duck Rivers, boaters are reminded to be cautious with the lower water as shallow areas can strand and damage boats this time of year.
Fishing has been improving with the cooling temperatures, with the shallow bass bite coming on strong. Bait fish typically move shallow as water temps near the 60’s and bass will follow. Shallow water in the backs of bays along rocky shorelines are good places to find feeding fish this time of year. Also, the crappie have moved into the bays–look in 5-10ft depths for active fish. Often, many beds and stumps have to be targeted to find a mess of fish as the crappie will move a lot this time of year. Catfish seem to be more active now, with the best bite early in the morning. Most big fish remain in the deeper water throughout the day, and have been feeding shallower (25-35ft) at night. Lots of small eater fish are being taken shallower on nightcrawlers and liver.