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Please use the utmost caution when boating on our state’s waters this week. The outdoor temperatures are cold, and the water is cold enough to cause hypothermia and possible death. Special note: WEAR your life jacket. It can save your life. It won’t do anyone any good in a compartment. At the very worst, it will at least allow law enforcement to find your body more quickly.

Crappie fishing is excellent, with the tasty fish being found in 3-8 feet of water.

Bass anglers are finding some fish along the banks with crankbaits. Shallow humps in the lake, adjacent to deep water, are producing good catches of bass, on Silver Buddies and deep-diving crankbaits. Carolina rigged baits are also taking some bass.

On this day in 2017, a near world record blue catfish was caught off Clarksville in a local “Ice Bowl” catfish tournament. The big fish weighed in at 141.76 pounds and was released alive.