This week has been a week of change. Warmer weather entered the scene, but with it, the winds have come in force! High water combined with strong flows has made for some hard fishing. Current lake levels are holding around the 357-358 ft mark, with strong flow rates averaging between 125,000-250,000 cfs. The Duck and Buffalo are still up and flowing strong, but with a week without rain, we can hope conditions will return to normal soon. Stable conditions are paramount for good fishing this time of year. Water temps continue to rise, with current surface temps holding in the low 50’s by mid-day.
Bass are being caught by those fishermen willing to battle the strong winds and current, with many bass now pulled out towards the river in slack water areas where bait is present. Crappie should be wanting to come shallow this week, but only after the water will stabilize some what. The fish should be holding in 10-15 ft depths until lake levels stop falling. Catfish have been difficult lately, with most fish just trying to find slack water near deeper water, which has seemed to slow the catfish bite.
TWRA news is mainly about reminding hunters and fishermen to make sure and renew hunting and fishing licenses. The license year starts March 1 and ends at the end of February. New licenses can be purchased locally at many locations, including; Hunt’s Outdoors, Bud’s Market, and both Casey’s General Stores and Walmart. Licenses can also be purchased online at GooutdoorsTennessee.com as well as using TWRA’s mobile app, available at both the apple store and play store for free.
Turkey season is almost here, with the juvenile hunt March 27-28th and the regular turkey season beginning on April 3rd. Limits are reduced this year, with a bag limit of 1 bearded turkey /day and 3/season.
Changes were made to the duck blind drawing procedures, with blinds now being drawn by computer drawing, doing away with the old hand held drawing, and certain blind sites open for quota hunts for 3, 4, or 7 day periods. I’ll have more information as the waterfowl season nears.