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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
October 8th, 2004
This week’s fishing report is a good one for crappie anglers on
Kentucky Lake. And, bass fishing has improved over last week too for
Surface temperatures have cooled down to the 71 to 74 degree range
across much of the reservoir due to some cold nights. Fog has greeted
anglers on several mornings, thanks to a calm wind that made fore some
nice topwater bass fishing action.
Lake elevation has been relatively stable this week. Last weekend
the reservoir was falling slowly but TVA indicates elevation will be in
the 355.1 range this weekend at Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville.
Watercolor has cleared some throughout Big Sandy and West Sandy
while some stain remained along the main Tennessee River channel.
The wind has been kind to anglers this week with several days of
light and variable breezes. Anglers could fish anywhere they wanted to
most days as placid waters replaced whitecaps for most of the week.
Crappie action has improved in shallow to midrange depths this week.
A lot of fish have moved into the 6 to 12 foot zones where stumps and
brush are found. Manmade fish attractors are producing a lot of fish too
as stakebeds and brushpiles have been giving up several nice fish.
Jigs tipped with minnows have been working well. Chartreuse
continues to be the color of choice but there are several other
combinations that work too.
All the fish are not necessarily shallow as some dandy crappie are
still hanging out on the deep sides of main lake ledges. Drop-offs with
structure in the 16 to 20 foot zones have given up some fish this week
Most anglers are making a lot of stops or cover a lot of water as
it’s a “few here and there” type approach. There are some good stringers
being taken but anglers are not staying in one place, as the fish don’t
seem to be concentrated.
Overall, the action has been good for fall crappie this week with
some good weeks still ahead.
Bass action improved some over last week as several fish are chasing
shad in the shallow flats and backwater bays. Some surface action was
taking place when bass pushed baitfish up in shallow zones.
Rock banks and gravel points continue to give up some bass too as
anglers toss shad colored crankbaits. Rattletraps and shallow running
crankbaits have fooled several fish lately and some bass are running
shad out in the open where shallow gravel bars are below.
There’s still a lot of grass beds showing in the backs of bays where
a spinnerbait, fluke, or topwater jerk bait will produce a strike or
Fall fishing awaits you. Don’t fool around and let the cold weather
catch you before you go fishing.
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Steve McCadams is one of the nation's best known Crappie Fishermen
and a full time resident of Paris, Tennessee. Steve is also a
professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area.