So far this year TVA and mother nature has been playing well with the river. Lake levels have been somewhat normal this year, with current lake levels in our area holding around 355 ft. Although flow rates have been strong this past week, TVA has throttled them back this weekend, with average flow rates holding just under 50,000 cfs. Water temps have fallen into the upper 40’s, and with a cool week on tap, expect the water temps to continue on their downhill slide.
Not much has been happening on the TWRA front, with deer season and duck season continuing without much activity. Deer season has produced a harvest in Humphreys Co. of 1,875 deer so far, with over 1,000 coming from just the gun season! So far the state has seen 121,237 deer harvested across the state. Waterfowl was looking good for the hunters before the season began but once the season opened, the weather warmed, and what ducks we had seemed to vanish. But with much optimism, waterfowl hunters trudge on with a glimmer of hope to see some ducks heading our way.
The crappie bite has definitely improved, with most fish coming out of 10-12 ft ranges. The best bite has come off of slow presentations fished around stake beds and brush beds. Dark colored jigs with some chartreuse tail color has been producing the best results, also minnows fished directly in the cover has brought some dandy’s to the boat. Bass fishermen have not been finding many this past week, with most fish scattered on river flats holding to wood cover. Some bass have been showing up around the crappie beds in the bays, particularly when shad or bluegill are present in or around the beds.
Catfish action hasn’t been great either, possibly due to the strong current, or the warm days driving the fish shallow into the bays in search of food. Some fish have been showing up along the main river drops where eddies are formed from underwater points.