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October 21, 2009
Autumn angling continues to deliver a potpourri of
weather patterns that have kept most fishermen off balance. From last
week’s cold fronts and nasty north winds to this week’s cool, windy and
wet conditions it has been unpredictable on Kentucky Lake.
Bass and crappie anglers have been struggling at times to put patterns
together that produced for more than just one outing. The fish have been
playing hide-and-go-seek at times.
Currently, lake levels are falling slowly after a slight rise earlier in
the week. Elevation at Kentucky Dam is 356.3. Upstream at New
Johnsonville lake levels are in the 356.4 range.
Surface temps have cooled some since last week but are still residing in
the 59 to 62 degree range. Water color is mostly clear throughout the
Crappie continue to hold on to a finicky mood, a scenario that has
plagued many shallow water anglers who normally find fall fish playing
their game. While a few fish have been taken this week in the 7 to 10
foot zone most fish are relating to deeper areas.
Even the deep water drop-offs have been challenging as anglers working
the ledges have found a few good size fish out there but quite
scattered. It has been tough to catch big numbers of fish in both deep
and shallow water lately for most folks.
Depths of 19 to 22 feet were harboring some slabs that showed a little
interest in double hook bottom bumping rigs and jigs tight lined around
structure. However, the windy days have made it tough to work those
Seems the fish are just not concentrated and it has pretty much been a
one-here, one-there pattern.
Popular jig colors have been red/white, blue/chartreuse, and some
blue/pearl just to name a few.
Bass anglers were finding several small fish in a variety of patterns
ranging from the popular gravel banks to some shallow flats where fish
were schooling in open water areas and pushing schools of shad to the
Tossing shallow running shad colored crankbaits, swim baits, and some
topwater jerk baits have been producing strikes around the schooling
Still, not too many limits have been taken lately as the bigger fish are
evading even veteran tournament anglers.
Crankbaits are still working well on big rock points and gravel banks.
Some sloping points and humps are still producing bass too and anglers
are casting Carolina rigs and big crankbaits on main lake ledges and
still finding fish there.
Flipping and pitching jigs or crawfish around boat docks and piers is
another pattern that’s worked. Playing the current around bridge piers
and rip-rap levees is yet another angle some are using.
Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and floating worms cast around shallow grassbeds
continues to produce as well.
Anglers are still hoping the series of windy, cool days fades away to
normal fall weather soon.
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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.