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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
October 24th, 2008
Kentucky Lakeís fall fishing has held up well this week for crappie
anglers who continue to benefit from nice weather and stable lake
levels. Bass action has been fair and shallow water patterns are
Lake levels have been stable this week. Presently, lake stages in
the New Johnsonville area are resting at 354.9. Downstream at Kentucky
Dam lake levels were slightly higher with readings in the 355.2 range.
Surface temperatures have cooled since last week at this time. The
last few mornings surface temperatures have started out in the 65 degree
range and warmed during the day to 69 around the Paris Landing sector.
Water color has a slight stain in some areas where wind has whipped
up shallow bays and shorelines but the main lake remains clear.
Crappie continue to occupy midrange depths of 7 to 13 feet. Some
cloudy days where fog faded to overcast conditions saw increased
activity as the fish took on a more aggressive mood.
A light wind and some cloud cover have definitely worked in favor of
shallow areas where some decent size crappie were taking 1/32 to
1/16-ounce jigs in chartreuse/white, red/brown, white/ lime color
combinations just to name a few.
Tipping jigs with minnows continues to produce well. Added Berkley
power bait has also stimulated bites as some days even the larger
crappie are exhibiting a timid strike.
Overall the grade of crappie has been pretty good with a lot of fish
falling in the ĺ to one pound range. And, a few fish eclipsing the 1 Ĺ
pound range are testing the tackle too.
Iím seeing more black crappie showing up this fall too and this week
I caught six or seven black-nose crappie, which is a black crappie with
a genetic marking that has a dark line from his dorsal fin all the way
to his nose.
Watch for more good fall crappie fishing next week as itís likely
weather conditions and lake stages will remain stable for a few more
Expect to encounter a multitude of yellow bass out there right now
as these aggressive little rascals are sporting a real appetite as they
travel in schools and annoy crappie fishermen. A few white bass and
stripers are showing up in schools and busting the surface too.
When tipping jigs with crappie nibbles youíll also link up with some
feisty bluegill who just love the taste of that Berkley power bait.
There are some dandies biting too but often times they steal your bait
at the blink of an eye.
Some catfish are also hanging around those stakebeds and brushpiles
so itís not unusual to tangle with a hefty one now and then that really
puts a bend in your pole.
Bass continue to come from a variety of patterns ranging from
spinnerbaits around grassbeds to shallow running crankbaits around
gravel banks and roadbeds. A few anglers continue to work boat docks,
piers and other shallow structure while pitching crawfish and worms or
jig and pig combos.
Some surface actions was underway this week as bass chased schools
of shad over main lake flats while competing with some yellow and white
bass who were also in hot pursuit. Even a few larger stripers were seen
Meanwhile, tossing a rattle trap and floating worm around grass is
still worthy of respect as are some topwater jerk baits such as Rebelís
Pop-R, Heddonís Zara Spook, and Stormís Chugg-Bugg and Thunderstick.
Fall weather continues to work in favor of fishermen as it has been
quite nice on the lake lately. Trees are beginning to turn colors so you
better get out there and enjoy the autumn angling before old man winter
slips in the door.
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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.