Lake levels have risen somewhat this past week to a level of 356ft at New Johnsonville and TVA has predicted a slight fall towards 355ft this week. Flow rates have increased, with an average of 65,000 – 85,000cfs coming through the system. Water temps have continued to fall, with an average surface temp of around 65 degrees on Monday. Both the Duck and Buffalo rivers came up some, but are heading back down to normal now.
Bass fishermen continue to see fishing improving, although slightly. Some good weights have been coming in, but the vast majority of fishermen have been having a tough time finding keeper fish. The pattern still remains a ‘no pattern’ pattern! Some fish are shallow, some deep, some on flats and some on rock banks around wood cover. Crappie fishermen have been having similar results, with crappie remaining scattered, with ‘one fish here, one there’ pattern. But one factor remains constant, the wind has been dictating where you have been able to fish! One day strong winds are out of the south, next day out of the north. This has made it much more difficult to find the fish.
The juvenile deer season was this past weekend, and Humphrey’s Co. had a total of 95 deer harvested by kids. The kids harvested 54 antlered deer and 36 antler-less deer. This was an vast improvement from last years juvenile harvest on only 23 when we saw rain and wind keeping many kids out of the woods. Humphreys Co. has harvested 274 deer for all the hunts so far this year, and the muzzle-loader season opens next weekend, and hopefully we will see a big increase in numbers harvested.