Lake levels at New Johnsonville this week have been holding around 355.5 ft with only a slight deviation. Flow rates have been quite strong this week, but have throttled down somewhat this past weekend. Expect TVA to ramp up the flow with the added rainfall this weekend and them trying to get the lake back to winterpool. Water temps have fallen into the mid 40’s and water color has remained clear.
Crappie have found some deeper homes than they were at last week, and most have backed off into water depths around 15 ft. Slow presentations seem to have been producing the better catches, as the strike zone has shrunk along with the water temps. Bass fishermen have been having a hard time coming up with any discernible pattern, but a few fish have been coming off the deeper drops where wood or rock cover is present. Catfish action has also been off this week, but the bite should improve when cooler more stable weather moves in. On a good note, a few fishermen who have been targeting sauger, have been finding some keepers! Just maybe the sauger is making a comeback.
Deer season continues until January 3rd, so we have only around 2 weeks left in this years season. So far this year, Humphreys Co. has harvested just over 2,000 deer. Waterfowl season is ongoing, but just like the last few years, its not been getting better. We can only hope that the return of cold, snowy weather up north will push some ducks our way. Many waterfowl hunters are stating that they are not even seeing any ducks.
TWRA hasn’t had much news of late, but one item of mention is that hunters needing hunter-ed can now take a on-line class for free, and become hunter-ed certified. The on-line class is offered by the NRA and can be found at the TWRA’s web site; Tnwildlife.org under the hunter-education page.