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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
October 1st, 2004
ACTION HEATS UP AS WATER COOLS DOWN
Fishing has been good
this week for crappie anglers. Fall fishing patterns are going full
swing as several fish are now moving into midrange depths and sporting a
Overall weather has
been good to anglers this week, although a few mornings delivered a
brisk north wind and whitecaps. Other than a few mornings of
uncomfortable wind conditions have been favorable.
Several good stringers
of crappie have been taken this week from both manmade structure and
deep ledges in the main lake. The stake beds and brush piles located in
9 to 13 foot depths have paid dividends as more fish have moved up this
At the same time,
several good fish are still lingering on the main lake ledges in depths
of 16 to 20 feet. Fish there have been taking shiner minnows on bottom
The improvement in
midrange cover is likely due to both cooler water temperatures and
slightly higher lake levels this week.
Water color along the
main Tennessee River is a good stain and just enough dingy water is
present to offer appealing conditions for shallow water activity. The
Big Sandy embayment remains clear.
Kentucky Lake is
falling slowly now and TVA predicts a reading of 356.3 this weekend at
New Johnsonville. Kentucky Dam is expected to have levels near the 355.9
Although lake levels
are falling now, the lake actually came up a few inches earlier this
week and that seemed to send some fish toward the shallow flats and
bigger bays. Shad have been moving and the crappie and bass are close on
have cooled since last week. At midweek I found water in the 72 to 75
degree range in the Paris Landing area. Look for that to cool even more
this weekend as the weatherman indicates some chilly nights are in the
I found some nice size
fish in 18 to 20 foot depths relating to stumps throughout the week. At
the same time, guide Don Winstead was fishing stakebeds in 9 to 13 feet
and having success too.
Although fish are still
a bit scattered, action had improved over the previous week.
Bass fishing has been
fair but several local anglers report inconsistent action. Some fish are
hitting shad colored crankbaits around rock points and gravel banks,
along with some topwater action early and late.
The grassbeds are
producing several small bass that seem to have a passion for small
spinnerbaits and floating worms tossed around the edges.
Some fish are still
hanging out on main lake drops where big crankbaits, jig and pig combos,
and Carolina rigged lizards are producing.
A few scattered white
bass are busting shad on top of shallow flats and the calm days allow
you to find them. Or, you can watch for the gull activity, as the
feathered friends will lead you to the baitfish activity.
Some catfish are
hitting on the main lake ledges and giving crappie anglers a thrill
during the day on light tackle.
And, there’s still
enough current to stimulate action along the main river channel yet it
not too swift to fish. TVA has been discharging water but not as much as
last week so conditions have improved for catfish anglers wanting to
work the main riverbank.
With cooler conditions on the way this weekend anglers may have to
tolerate a day or two of north to northeast winds and slap on another
jacket. However, next week should be some good fall fishing as
conditions cool and fish become even more aggressive.
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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.