Humphreys Co. Outdoor report for week on October 4th

Water levels have dropped on Kentucky Lake this week, current levels at NewJohnsonville are at 354.2 ft. with flow rates  averaging 15,000cfs.  Water temps are still in the mid to upper 80’s, but with the cooler weather on tap for this week, expect surface temps to slowly fall back to normal levels around 70 degrees.  The fishing scene has been improving somewhat, with crappie not doing to bad, some nice catches have been coming out of the mid-depth ranges of 10-15ft. mostly by spider riggers and long liners covering water.  as the water cools, expect the crappie to bunch up and start relating to cover, including brush beds and stake beds.  Slow presentations have been producing better numbers, but as the water cools, crappie will become more aggressive, as they feed up for the winter, and jigs fished close to the cover should produce. 

Hunting seasons now open are squirrel and deer archery.  Dove will re-open Oct 12th. The Fed refuge has many hunting opportunities, including a primitive weapon hunt this weekend, deer quota hunts next weekend, and when no quota hunts are taken place, open archery and racoon, and squirrel hunting.  A additional refuge hunting permit is required in addition to your TN licenses to hunt the federal refuge, which is a type 064 Tn national cross creek  wildlife refuge permit. for more information on hunting the federal refuge, pick up a refuge hunting guide at the kiosk at the entrance to the refuge.

A hunter ed class is scheduled during fall break, October 11th and 12th, per-register on-line at  the class will be taught at the Humphreys co. sheriffs office shooting range off Scepter Rd. from 8am to 4pm, you must attend both days to get credit.