ABERDEEN LAKE (TENN-TOM):
The cold water temps were steadily rising, at least up until the cold snap during Sunday evening. Before the cold front, bass anglers were reporting a fair to good bite around some of the backwater areas, particularly those with cleaner water. Anglers are using lipless crankbaits, swimbaits, square-billed crankbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits to catch most of their fish. On the cold, bad weather days, they are opting for a dark colored jig or T-rigged creature bait. The crappie reports are starting to pick up. Look for crappie to be holding on cover close to the spawning flats and backwaters around any stumps or grass. Crappie jigs, particularly black and chartreuse jigs should work well. The crappie bite should really get going about the 2nd or 3rd week of March.