Although the statewide duck season ends today for most folks, youngsters get two more chances at it when special hunts will be conducted Saturday and again on Feb. 8.
Each year states throughout the Mississippi flyway allow special youth days separate from regular season dates. The objective is to help introduce kids to the great sport of waterfowling while allowing only them to shoot.
Youngsters in the age bracket of 6-16 years old are allowed to participate. Anyone age 16 must possess the Federal Duck Stamp. The youngsters must be accompanied by adults. Additional details are available on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website at www.tnwildlife.org.
PREDATOR HUNT DEADLINE
The 10th annual Big Dog Predator Hunt returns to Henry County Feb. 8. However, hunters wishing to participate are advised of the registration deadline today.
The event will be at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex.
Registration forms are available at The Tackle Box, 6160 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris.
For additional information, contact Randall Bowden at 731-695-2412 or Shannon Bethune at 731-697-4938.
SCAM TARGETS LICENSE BUYERS
Sportsmen beware — a scam website has been detected by the TWRA. There is a new bogus website that appears when you Google Tennessee fishing license.
The scam website appears as an advertisement. The site allows you to enter your personal information, such as name, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number, phone number, email address and residential address. It gathers this information, but never asks for payment for the license.
This website appears to have been created outside the United States, and the TWRA is working to get the site shut down. The TWRA encourages anyone who has submitted information through this scamming site to monitor or freeze their credit.
The only legitimate place to purchase a hunting and fishing license online in Tennessee is at gooutdoorstennessee.com.
3D ARCHERY AT COVENANT RANCH
Youngsters in grades 3-12 are invited to attend a Scholastic 3D Archery registration and informal meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Covenant Ranch, 8701 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris. For more information, call 642-2099.
HUNTING SEASON COMMENTS
The TWRA is soliciting comments for its 2020-21 and 2021-22 hunting season regulations.
Comments may be submitted by mail to: Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 or emailed to TWRA.HuntingComments@tn.gov. Include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.
WARMER DAYS AHEAD FOR ANGLERS
Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene will get a boost from the weatherman by early next week when temperatures will moderate and rise into the low 60s.
Both crappie and bass fishermen are hoping the rise in temps isn’t accompanied by high winds so they can venture out and stalk the open water areas where most of the crappie are being caught at the present time.
Lake levels were falling earlier in the week but have stabilized now. The Tennessee Valley Authority projects lake stages to hang around the 354.6-feet range as the weekend approaches.
That elevation means low levels as the reservoir sleeps at winter pool ranges so anglers and all boaters need to pay close attention to channel markers and their sonar units. Open water sandbars and shallow stumps can play havoc with your boat and motor’s lower unit this time of year, so you had best be cautious.
Crappie fishermen have been picking their days and venturing out this week when calm days allowed.
Although not many anglers are scoring limits they have been catching decent stringers in a variety of depths lately.
Surface temperatures have been staying in the low to mid-40s and will likely rise into the low 50s next week when mild weather takes over.
The long range forecast indicates several consecutive days next week with daily highs climbing into the low 60s.
Warm surface temps will likely pull more crappie and bass into shallow areas, at least to some degree.
Several crappie anglers fishing deeper depths have been finding an occasional largemouth grabbling their jig or live minnow so it appears bass have been favoring deeper water in pursuit of shad out there.
Slow trolling spider rigs have accounted for a few crappie this week. Depths of 10-15 feet produced a few scattered fish as have deeper ledges in the 18- to 20-foot depth zones.
Some anglers using vertical presentations of jigs and minnows continue to find deep crappie relating to brushpiles and stakebeds. The fish have been holding on the deep sides of main lake ledges lately where most of the baitfish are residing.
Watch for more crappie to move up to midrange structure by early next week in response to warmer surface temps and stable lake levels.
Popular jig colors lately have ranged from pink/chartreuse combos to blue/chartreuse. Most anglers are tipping their jigs with either live minnows or Berkley Power Bait to enhance strikes. Water color remains quite clear throughout the Paris Landing and Big Sandy sector and really across most of the reservoir.
Today — Duck season ends.
Today — Big Dog Predator Hunt registration deadline.
Saturday — Youth waterfowl hunt.
Feb. 8 — Big Dog Predator Hunt, Holly Fork Shooting Complex.
Feb. 8 — Final youth waterfowl hunt.
Feb. 11 — Scholastic 3D archery camp registration and information, Covenant Ranch.
Feb. 18 — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunting comment deadline.