Top crappie lakes: Tennessee has three of the nation's top 16 crappie lakes, according to a recent website survey.
Lake Grenada in Mississippi was selected the No. 1 crappie spot, while Kentucky Lake was No. 2 and Reelfoot Lake No. 3. Parts of Kentucky Lake are in Tennessee, and Reelfoot is in the northwest corner of the state.
Percy Priest Lake was ranked No.16.
Criteria for the survey included both number and size of crappie produced, and how well the population is sustained despite heavy fishing.
Hunting guides: The 2014 Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide is available at most outdoors outlets. The publication is free, and contains detailed rules and regulations for the upcoming hunting seasons.
Free Hunting Day: Aug. 23 is declared Free Hunting Day by the TWRA, and is also the opening of squirrel season.
No hunting license is required for Tennessee residents to hunt that day, but other regulations are in place, including bag limits and permission to hunt on private property.
Hunter ed courses: With hunting season at hand, the TWRA reminds residents that anyone born after 1969 must complete a Hunter Education Course in order to obtain a hunting license.
Information about the courses and when and where they are held is available at tnwildlife.org
For those who fail to complete the course in time for a hunt, a special one-time license is available, but the hunter must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Information is available in the Tennessee Hunting Guide.
Aug. 23: Squirrel season opens
Sept. 1: Dove season opens
Sept. 27: Deer archery season opens
Oct. 11-26: fall turkey season
Nov. 8: deer muzzleloader season opens
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