The annual Paul Steele/Johnny Johnson Memorial Bass Tournament will be on March 28 out of Paris Landing State Park marina. Sponsored locally by Hulme Sporting Goods, the event will have a $2,000 first-place prize.

Entry fee is $100 a boat. Teams can also enter on the morning of the event as registration will begin at 4:30 a.m. at the boat ramp. Entry fee on the morning of the tournament is cash only. Big bass will guarantee $500 with an optional big fish pot entry fee of $20 a boat. Even the smallest five-fish limit earns $100.

Proceeds support scholarships and community youth programs through the nonprofit Two Rivers Bass Club. Entry forms are available at area sporting goods stores and marinas.



Youngsters in the ages 6-16 bracket can participate in the forthcoming Youth Turkey Hunt in Tennessee. Dates of the hunt are March 28-29.

Bag limit will be one bearded turkey a day, not to exceed four a season. Any turkey harvested during the Youth Turkey Hunt counts toward the spring season limit of four.



The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced an updated list of closures and cancellations. The announcement comes from the declared state of emergency by Gov. Bill Lee to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19:

• he Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting scheduled for March 27 has been canceled.

• ll TWRA shooting ranges are closed until further notice.

• ll TWRA Hunter Education and Boating classes are canceled until further notice.

• he 2020 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament April 2-3 is canceled.



Private forest land owners and professional foresters are cordially invited to attend the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods spring forestry field days. The 2020 theme is “Special Forest Products.” The partners of these educational sessions are providing the events at no cost to participants. 

There is no fee associated with attending the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods field days. Register in advance for meal purposes. Registration is limited to 80 for each location.

To register, call the Tennessee Forestry Association office in Nashville at 800-893-7403.

State the location you will be attending, the number in your party, plus your address and phone number. The events will occur regardless of the weather.

This project is funded with Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program support through an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry.

Additional sponsors include the Tennessee Forestry Association, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, UT Extension, U.S. Forest Service and University of the South.



Results of last week’s two-day tournament on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes out of Buchanan Resort showed a mixture of results with some hefty stringers taken by a few boats while others did not fare well in the challenging conditions.

The winds moved and came from the east at 10 to 15 mph on Saturday and the rain continued. 

Both days were relatively uncomfortable for fishing.

Tony Sheppard from Dexter, Ky., and Mike Sheppard from Kirksey, Ky., claimed the top spot in the Pro Division with 28.27 pounds. They earned $3,000 for first place and added $300 for the second Big Fish. Team Sheppard used Jenko Fry Daddy jigs with pink jig heads and chartreuse bodies in 8 to 14 feet on Barkley Lake in the northern portion. 

They moved south next to cast first and then went to vertical fishing with one pole. They caught about 45 fish for the two days.

“We went to one poling using Live-scope,” reported Sheppard. “We found the fish with Hummingbird Side Imaging and targeted them with a 3-inch Jenko Big T Fry daddy in chartreuse/lime with a 1/8-ounce pink Slasher jig head. We also used the same head with Fire and Ice Big T Fringe Fry.”

Lee Anderson and Rick Johnston of Benton, Ky., teamed up to win the Amateur Division and weighed in the biggest stringer of the event. They weighed in a two-day total of 29.26 pounds to take the win. They earned a check for $1,500 and added $700 for the Big Fish of the tournament at 2.61 pounds. They also added $100 for the Jenko Bonus.

Anderson and Johnston single-pole jigged over manmade cover. They found fish in 14 to 18 feet of water on Kentucky Lake. They tied on pink 1/4-ounce Jenko Jig Heads and dressed them with orange/chartreuse tube jigs. The result was about 20 fish each day of the tournament.

Although a few teams found some big fish, several teams reported catching low numbers of fish during the two-day event.



March 20 TN Association of Utility Districts  (25 + Boats)

March 28 — Paul Steele/Johnny Johnson Memorial Bass Tournament, Paris Landing State Park.

March 28-29 — Youth Sportsmen Turkey Hunt.

April 4 Kiwanis Buddy Bass Tournament (50+Boats)

April 4-May 17 — Statewide turkey season.

April 4 — Land owner workshop, Stewart State Forest, Dover.

April 4 — Carroll Lake re-opens, McKenzie.

April l8 Carl Perkins cast n Blast (50 + Boats)

April 24 Crappie USA Mega Bucks (100 + Boats)

May 9 Austin Peay  (100+Boats)

May l5-16 Malone’s Demo Day

May 28-30  Triton Boat Owners (300+ Boats)

June 12-13 Malone’s Demo Day

June 19-20 American Crappie trail (100+Boats)

June 27 TN River Jam

July 9-11 BASS High School National Championship (300+ Boats)

July 18 FUN RUN

August 1 Triathlon

September 12-13 BFL Super Event (200+ Boats)

October 24-25 USA Bassin / C&O Marine (80+Boats)

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