Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody • Jun 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Contaminated fish: Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation last week met to address concerns about contaminated fish in one area of Kentucky Lake.

The agency issued a "precautionary advisory" for crappie and bass caught in the Springville Bottom area. The public is are advised to limit or avoid entirely consumption of fish from that area.

No details have yet been provided about what kind of contaminates are involved, where they came from, or how the department plans to deal with the contamination.


More concerns: The contaminated fish worry comes on the heels of a meeting with Wildlife Resources Agency officials to discuss a decline in the crappie population in Kentucky Lake.

Once considered one of the nation's top crappie fisheries, Kentucky Lake in recent years has been in decline. One theory is that the lake's fame has led to over-fishing - anglers come from as far away as California to fish for crappie - and among the proposals is a reduction in the daily limit from 30 to 20 crappie.

A similar situation is taking place on Percy Priest and Old Hickory Lakes, where many fishermen report a major decline in crappie catches.

Like Kentucky Lake, both Priest and Old Hickory have a 30-fish daily limit, and there is concern that too many keeper-sized crappie are being taken from the lakes by a relatively-small number of fishermen.

Fishermen are invited to express their comments to the TWRA's Fisheries Department.


State park activities: Tennessee's numerous state parks offer a wide range of summer activities, from short hiking trips to overnight camping, boating and educational wildlife excursions.

Each state park has its own web site with details about activities. Many, such as hiking, wildlife-watching are free, while others involve a fee and may require reservations.


Fishing Guide available: Information about fishing rules, regulations and license requirements is available in the Tennessee Fishing Guide, available for free at most outdoors outlets.

One newly-added license that was inadvertently omitted from the Fishing Guide is a Senior License that covers most fishing in public waters. It can be purchased on-line or at TWRA license dealers.


Hunting seasons: Groundhogs, beaver, coyotes, armadillos and skunks can be hunted year-round in Tennessee. See the Tennessee Hunting Guide or visit tnwildlif.org for details on hunting seasons and regulations.

The 2016-17 traditional hunting seasons open with squirrels in late August and doves in early September.


June 27: WMA quota hunt deadline

Aug: squirrel season opens

Sept.: dove season opens

Sept: deer archery season opens

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