Winter time is here with a vengeance. Cold weather and strong winds have entered the picture, water levels are falling, and water temps are following suit. Lake levels at New Johnsonville are hovering around the mid 354 ft levels with flow rates backing off a bit. Flow rates are now around the mid 40,000 cfs, and I expect them to continue to fall back if the rain holds off for a few more days. Water temps are now in the low to mid 40’s and with cooler weather this week, expect them to fall a few more degrees. Water color is clear across most of the lake.

The crappie bite continues to be fair, with most fish in our area still coming out of 10 to 12 ft depths. Most of the best action is coming off of slow presentations fished near the bottom. Best colors are the light colors with some chartreuse in them. Some really good crappie have been taken this past week, with a few in the 2 lb class range, and still seeing many just under sized fish. Not much on the bass fishing information this week, as I haven’t seen or talked to any bass anglers this week. Catfish continue to be taken across our county, with the vast majority of the better fish being found around or in current breaks during the strong flow days, but moving up into 15-25 ft depths to feed.

Deer season is now in the books for this season, with Humphreys Co. showing a preliminary count as of Sunday night, at 2,532 deer, of which, 1,298 were antlered deer, and the remainder being either does or antlerless male deer. The grand total for the state is 159,636 deer. Hunters still have most of the small game still open; squirrel, rabbit, quail, among others will remain open until the end of February. Waterfowl will continue until the end of the month, and hopefully the ducks will find their way into our area over the next few weeks, as this year’s waterfowl season hasn’t been very productive.