Lake levels at New Johnsonville this week are predicted to be at 355.2 ft., with stable levels the whole week. Flow rates are slight with less coming into our area than going out, average inflow is around 40,000cfs, and outflow around 42,000cfs. Water temps around our area have fallen into the upper 60’s, with surface and bottom temps close to the same, water color is clear.
Crappie action has improved with the stability in the picture, with most fish coming off slow presentations, fished in 10-15ft depths. Jigs fished slow and with a vertical presentation have worked best, with minnows fished close to the bottom around stake beds and brush beds has also been finding a few fish. Fish remain scattered as of yet, but as water temps cool, expect the fish to school up and the bite should improve due to the compensation among schooled fish.
Bass continue to be hard to pattern, with some fish coming off shallow rocks and some on the river flats where shad are present. But overall, no specific patterns have emerged.
Catfish have been steadily improving, with many fish being found along the river drops, on overcast days or low light conditions most have come off shallow areas close to the river, while during bright days most have been deeper, often in the middle of the river channel. Best baits continue to be night crawlers and livers.
Deer archery season continues until Oct 30th, then the juvenile gun hunt will be October 31st-November 1st. So far, as of last Friday, Humphreys Co. has had right at 100 deer checked in. As the rut kicks in full force around the end of the month, expect some good deer to be had to willing hunters. During this Covid19 pandemic, TWRA has canceled most hunter education classes, but hunters needing the class can take an online class without the normal need to attend a field day event. Online classes can be found by going to www.Hunter-Ed.com or www.HunterCourse.com.