After a week at second place in the statewide deer harvest, Henry County dropped a notch in the standings to third place behind Giles County.
Hunters here have harvested 2,028 deer thus far. Giles moved up to 2,073 this week.
Montgomery County has maintained its lead among the state’s 95 counties this week with a total harvest of 2,144.
Across Tennessee, deer hunters have taken a total of 90,095 since the season opened on the fourth Saturday in September.
That tally changes daily, but harvest numbers really jumped the last week to 10 days, due in part to the peak of the rut.
TROUT AT PARIS CITY PARK
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced its 2018-19 winter trout stocking schedule.
Locally, trout will be stocked at Eiffel Tower Park II pond off Volunteer Drive on Dec. 5 and again on Jan. 9.
Stockings will take place on the same dates at McKenzie City Park Lake and at Union City’s Reelfoot Packing Plant Lake.
TWRA plans to release about 90,000 rainbow trout into Tennessee waters beginning in late November through March.
The program provides numerous close-to- home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months.
These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing, with 43 locations for this year’s winter trout-stocking program.
The trout will average about 10 inches in length. The daily creel limit is seven, but there is no size limit. Anglers are reminded that a trout license is needed in addition to the fishing license.
Please note that the dates and locations are subject to change. Updates can be found on TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org.
For areas not listed in this program, see the 2019 stocking schedule and tailwater schedule on the website.
FISHING SCENE COOLS
The Kentucky Lake fishing scene cooled off this week, courtesy of frigid temperatures and gale-like northwest winds that kept anglers on shore and close to the fire.
Anglers have ridden a roller coaster of weather patterns during November, which had them off-balance for most of the month.
Last week, a few crappie anglers took advantage of a couple of sunny days and relative light winds to stalk the main lake areas and land a few scattered fish from deep water.
Most of the fish around the West Sandy sector were caught in 12- to 15-foot depths by anglers spider rigging or slow trolling.
The fish appeared to be a bit suspended and scattered, but a few were taken by anglers using tipping jigs with minnows.
In the Paris Landing sector, most of the crappie taken came from deeper ledges in the main lake area.
Depths of 22-25 feet gave up a few fish as anglers stalked deep structure with a minnow/jig combo presentation.
Some boats were vertical-fishing jigs and minnows over submerged stakebeds in 10- to 14-foot depths, but fish were very scattered there.
Watch for the late fall crappie bite to rebound this weekend and early next week if weather moderates.
Overall, water color is pretty good for fishing. Lake levels started falling last weekend after cresting more than 2 feet above normal winter pool for more than a week.
At midweek, the elevation was back down to 355 after cresting late last week at 357.4. Surface temperatures have fallen back to the 46-47 degrees as cold nights have had an influence.
The weatherman says a warm-up is on the way for the weekend as temperatures are forecast to reach the 60-degree range. That will pull a lot of anglers back to the lake in the days ahead.
Bass fishing hasn’t had much to brag about lately, but there were a few boats banging away at gravel banks and rock points with crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.
Also drawing the attention of bass fishermen were rip-rap banks, where crankbaits and Rattle Trap-style baits proved to be popular choices.
It’s that time of the year when anglers are at the mercy of the elements and must pick their days. Some days are just too cold and windy to venture out.
But usually the bitter cold doesn’t last too long, allowing anglers to get back out on the water after a short hiatus of chilly conditions that thrill duck and deer hunters, but keep anglers at bay.
Dec. 1 — Second segment of statewide duck season opens.
Dec. 5 — Trout stocking at Paris City Park Pond, Volunteer Drive.
Dec. 8 — Dove season reopens.