A second winter trout stocking will take place next Wednesday at Paris Eiffel Tower Park pond located just off Volunteer Drive across the road from the Eiffel Tower replica. One was held in December and this will be the second and final stocking on the schedule. Same day stockings will also take place at McKenzie’s City Park Lake, Milan City Park, Union City at Reelfoot Packing Plant lake and Lexington. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2020-21 winter trout stocking program will continue through the middle portion of March all across the state. 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 firsttime anglers to fishing. 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. Note that the dates and locations are subject to change. Updates can be found on the TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org in the fishing section and the 2020-21 Winter Trout Stocking icon. For areas not listed in this program, see the 2020-21 stocking schedule and tailwater schedule on the website. YOUTH DEER HUNT Deer season isn’t over yet for youngsters across Tennessee. The second and final Young Sportsman’s Deer Hunt is this weekend for children falling in the age bracket of 6-16 years old. Every year, the TWRA offers youngsters two special weekend hunts to call their own. The first one was in late October and early November. That one is traditionally held a week prior to the opening of the regular gun season. The upcoming hunt is the final one of the season and it is traditionally held the weekend after the regular deer season ends. Adult hunters wind up the season today as a special fiveday private-lands-only hunt draws to a conclusion. GUN SHOW RETURNS A gun show returns to the Henry County Fairgrounds for two days, Saturday and Sunday. It is a buy, sell or trade type event. Thousands of guns, knives, ammunition, holsters, camo, optics and overall shooting and hunting supplies will be available. Children 12 and under receive free admission with a paying adult. Admission is $9 but you can receive a discount coupon at the door to lower the price. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tennessee Pledge COVID-19 guidelines will be in place. For additional information, call 865-310-5427. BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES TELEVISED Fishing fans will be able to spend their Sunday mornings with the world’s best anglers during the Bassmaster Elite Series televised events. The shows are the ideal opportunity to meet the Elites and learn more about the sport in the run-up to the first tournament and live broadcasts of the 2021 season. For the first time, all nine 2021 Elite events, as well as the Bassmaster Classic, will feature live television coverage on the Fox Sports platforms beginning with the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite Feb. 11-14 on Florida’s famed St. Johns River. Upcoming episodes will feature highlights of the 2019 and 2020 seasons, the first time they will have aired on FS1. Among the moments viewers can relive — or experience for the first time — are legendary angler Rick Clunn’s victory on the St. Johns River punctuated by five bass that weighed 34 pounds, 14 ounces on Championship Sunday and Hank Cherry’s wire-to-wire Bassmaster Classic championship run. Plus, two episodes of Elite Winning Ways focus on the techniques and lures used by 2019 Elite Series champions. All times are subject to change. Check your local listings for broadcast times. For a complete television schedule, visit Bassmaster.com/tvschedule. FISHING SCENE HOLDING UP Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has held up pretty good since the season officially began on Dec. 21. Since the transition, anglers haven’t had to dodge bad weather too much as overall there have been decent conditions more suitable to fishing than for duck hunters. The winter crappie bite continues to hold up well for a lot of fishermen who have logged nice stringers. Some limits have been taken lately from a variety of depths. Lake levels this week have been falling slowly after a bit of a surge in the elevation last weekend in the aftermath of some heavy rains that occurred around the New Year’s Day time frame. The elevation changed quickly and fell about as fast as it rose last weekend. The reservoir crested about 355.9 feet last Sunday but has fallen about a foot in just a few days as the TVA really pulled the plug. By this weekend, odds are the lake will be back down around the 354 range, which is winter pool. Water color remains clear and sporting a good color for fishing. Surface temperatures are staying around the low 40s. Mild temperatures at midweek worked in favor of fishermen but a slight dip is in progress escorted by some north winds that temporarily returned an annoying chill air. Crappie have held up pretty well to their winter reputation and have been biting jigs. Productive depths have ranged from a deep zone of 25 to 28 feet at times up to midrange depths of 9 to 13 feet. Not all anglers are scoring big numbers as some pretty experienced fishermen have struggled at times while others have managed to capture the whereabouts of those secret spots that are paying dividends. Persistence seems to be a requirement this time of year as it can be hit and miss. Most anglers are crediting their catches to jigs but live minnows are also part of the equation for cold weather fishermen. Color combinations such as blue/chartreuse, chartreuse with sparkles or red glitter, red/white, pink/ chartreuse and motor oil with glitter are a few popular choices as are several hair jigs selections. A few bass fishermen are still slinging away at gravel banks, rocky points and roadbeds with crankbaits and jig and craw combinations plus some Carolina rig offerings. There’s been a lot of current this past week and some anglers have attempted to play the current patterns and tossed crankbaits around riprap levels or island rims where baitfish were washed in various locales by the current. Meanwhile, as soon as stable weather and light winds resume, watch for the crappie bite to rebound as that will allow boats to return to open water areas where they can stalk main lake ledges. And, the routes of manmade fish attractors located in midrange depths are still paying dividends. Some days it takes a lot of stops to find fish or perhaps it’s a few here and a few there type of pattern.

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