Checking waters now can improve catch later

By Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer
The current hot, dry spell has some area lakes approaching record lows, and fish gasping for oxygen.

As dispiriting as the conditions are for fishing at the present, they present an opportunity for the future.

The low water levels reveal rocks, logs, stumps, man-made fish attractors and other structures that are normally hidden under water. If you locate and mark one now, it’ll be prime crappie habitat come spring when the water rises back to normal.

The strategy is nothing new. When I was a kid I fished Watts Bar Lake with my Uncle Bud, who fished from the bank. In the spring he was famous for bringing home catches of big slab crappie. He could catch crappie when nobody else did.