ABERDEEN LAKE (TENN-TOM):
The bass and crappie reports were good last week. The recent
rains may dampen the bite, but shouldn't hurt it too much. The crappie moved to
the banks and should be spawning, but there should be ample pre spawn fish as
well. To increase your chances, try getting off the channel and looking for the
clearest water you can find. Most crappie are running ¾ to 1 lb with some
bigger fish holding off the banks in slightly deeper water waiting to move up.
Both jigs and minnows are catching fish, but contrasting colored jigs usually
work better around the spawn. The bass were also shallow and should be in both
pre spawn and spawning stages. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and square billed
crankbaits are good search baits for pre spawn fish, while jigs and t-rigged
lizards will be productive baits for those fish on or near the bed. The catfish
bite is fair with most anglers fishing trotlines and rod-n-reels on the
navigation channel and the old river runs with whole or cut shad.