Fishing Report for Middle Tennessee
As the first week of May ends here on top of the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee, this fishing has been better than early spring. We have experienced Dogwood winter, and this week we felt what is referred to as blackberry winter, which according to wives tales will be the last cold front of the spring season.
The bass in the area have taken their time spawning this season as if they knew this week?s cold front would bring frost two nights in this beginning week of may. I have also learned that the local farmers wait until the second week of May to plant tomatoes in this area as well. But as you can see in this video on the morning of May 7th, two spotted bass have made their spawning bed at my dock; this lets me know that the spawn is on!
Pan fish such as bluegill have already been spawning since the last week of April. Perch Sunfish and Crappie as well as yellow bass have been biting in shallow water. Which is a good thing since we do not fish for bedding bass, however, the big ones will move in to spawning flats a couple of weeks later than the smaller ones we are seeing on the beds.
Over all it was a good week for fishing in Tennessee. As the spawn moves north following the latitude of the northern hemisphere more spawning will be seen north of Tennessee.