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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
February 14th, 2003
ANGLERS ANXIOUS FOR BETTER WEATHER
Winter fishing continues to be affected by the elements as snow, ice
and cold winds returned earlier this week. A lot of waterfowlers would
have loved to have the recent weather changes pushed back into December
when temperatures were above average and winds were calm.
Temperatures could moderate, however, in the days ahead. Still, some
anglers have braved the conditions anyway and there are a few success
stories among the ranks of crappie anglers. In fact, several crappie
anglers were out on Wednesday and Thursday testing the waters thanks to
a warming trend. However, the weatherman indicates rain could be part of
the picture for a day or two.
The most success has been in the West Sandy area around the Britton
Ford sector where anglers have found crappie in the 12-foot zones. Most
boats are slow trolling or spider rigging multi-pole presentations of
A few crappie have been taken around some submerged structure but
most anglers report finding fish somewhat suspended along the deep
sloughs and cuts there.
Slow movement of the jigs in a stop and start type motion has
accounted for some decent caches the last two weeks in both West Sandy
and out on the Big Sandy too.
Such colors as blue and pearl, orange and yellow, and chartreuse
with red metal flake have been productive. Most anglers are tipping
their jigs with Berkley Power Nibbles or squirting Fish Formula on the
skirts to enhance appeal.
Down around Paris Landing action has been a bit slower but some fish
were biting in the 20-foot zones as anglers worked the open water
ledges. Water is clear at the mouth of Big Sandy and around the Paris
Landing area but there was some stain up in West Sandy and upper Big
A few crappie were taken around Bass Bay recently too as the deep
meandering creek channels there have produced some good winter crappie
in times past.
Observed lake elevation this week was 354.4 at both Kentucky Dam and
New Johnsonville Steam Plant. The lake is falling slowly. Surface
temperatures were in the 34 to 39 degree range at midweek.
There has been some current this week in the main river channel of
the Tennessee but not many successful sauger reports are coming in. A
few anglers are attempting to find fish at the warm water releases at
both New Johnsonville and Cumberland City but action on sauger,
rockfish, and catfish has been relatively slow.
Watch for action to pick up quickly next week if winds and
temperatures give anglers a chance to get back out on main lake areas.
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