TALES, SCALES, and FUR PIECES: Turkey season ends; fishing tough in flood waters
By Trapper Hathcock

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM

I'll bet you all thought I had fallen off the face of the earth. Well,. here I am. Truth is, I sort of lost my 'forum' of many years for a number of reasons. I am back, though, to entertain you through these columns, and maybe some "Backwoods Remembrances" if and when I can, thanks to Jim Turner's kind invitation.
There are a lot of things going on in the outdoors this week, in spite of the floods and storms. First on deck is this spring's Turkey season, which closed Sunday. At last count, folks from the Land of Logan had harvested 628 birds. all but two of which were females, aAl but eight of these were taken by firearm, with two taken by muzzle loader, and six with archery equipment. Congratulations to all of you have enjoyed successful hunts this year. We'll get a final total soon.
Next up is the Spring Squirrel season, set to open the June 5 and running through the 18th. Squirrel hunting in the spring is a different story than fall hunting. Right now the squirrels are eating on seeds and berries, making the meat a lot more tender and sweeter. Frying is the best for those young spring squirrels. Be sure to watch for snakes, and use your insect spray liberally, as the ticks are out in force this year.
Recent floods, and poor weather in general, have made fishing all but impossible right now. However, as the waters recede to their normal levels, it will certainly pick up. I need to re-establish some of my old contacts in the Kentucky, fishing Guides in order to get you current reports on different locations, and I will work on that over the next several days.
I do understand that the crappie bite has been slow everywhere over the past couple of weeks, and the floods following that period certainly hasn't helped any. Right now, if I were fishing crappie, I would be working in about eight feet of water with small minnows under a float. The water is just too dingy to fish this tasty pan fish with an artificial bait Bass should be moving into the beds right now, making the hens far more aggressive, and the hybrids should be moving into the Rochester within the next couple of weeks if they haven't already done so.
Catfish should be pretty hot right now over on the canal that connects Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. It seems the more turbulent the water in that canal the better the bite, so if you have a day to burn, and want to fish for catfish, this would be a great place to go.
Until next time, you all stay safe out there, in whatever outdoor adventure you choose. If you get any tips, or have news, feel free tosend me an email (trappermh@logantele.com) or give me a call at 725-9565.

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