ABERDEEN LAKE (TENN-TOM):
The cold water temps are steadily rising, but the bite still is a bit slow. The bass are moving shallow in preparation of the spawn, but anglers are having a tough time nailing down a pattern. It took 8.45lbs to win a tournament there this past weekend. Anglers are using lipless crankbaits, swimbaits, square-billed crankbaits, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits to catch their fish. On the cooler, bad weather days or in dirty water conditions, 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 in dirty water conditions. The crappie bite should really get going about the 2nd or 3rd week of March.