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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
November 3rd, 2006
From the fishing scene comes another
week of mixed weather that started off warm and ended up cool. Last
weekend and earlier this week crappie anglers were continuing to enjoy
success fall fishing and bass action was good too.
Cooler weather entered the picture at
midweek and some misty days teamed up with brink northwest winds that
made it tough on anglers for a few days. Most anglers are hoping for a
warming trend by early next week and action should resume quickly for
bass and crappie anglers who dodged the inclimate weather at midweek.
Lake levels have been relatively
stable this week. Observed elevation at Kentucky Dam was 355 at the
weekend approached. Upstream at New Johnsonville TVA projected an
elevation of 354.9 going into the weekend.
Surface temperatures cooled some from
last week at this time and have lingered in the 53 to 57 degree range
this week. Look for a decline of a degree or two by this weekend due to
Water color remains clear throughout most of the reservoir.
Crappie action was holding up well early this week as fish remained
active in the 9 to 13 foot depth range. A few fish were scattered in the
7-9 foot range but somewhat deeper stakebeds and brushpiles seemed more
A combination of jig colors ranging from red and chartreuse to blue
and pearl, yellow and chartreuse were producing. Several fished seemed
to favor unpainted leadheads with dull colored skirts at midday when
bright sun was a factor but lowlight conditions saw them get back to
bait presentations with some louder colors.
Tipping leadheads with minnows has also worked well with some fish
preferring the smaller bait presentation of 1/16-ounce heads with no
skirt. The live minnows are been productive all fall for many anglers.
Some days crappie have been finicky early in the morning only to
turn on by late afternoon. Tipping jigs with Berkley crappie nibbles has
also paid dividends.
Deeper depths such as 16 to 20 feet were still producing some
scattered crappie as anglers worked bottom bumping rigs around stumps
Bass were hitting shad colored crankbaits fished slowly along
roadbeds and rocky points. Some fish were holding in the grass too and
anglers slow rolling big spinnerbaits around deeper patches of
vegetation were landing good fish.
A few smallmouth were holding on main lake humps where rock piles or
other structure was located near deeper water. Carolina rigged worms and
big crankbaits were producing on the humps and main lake ledges.
Some jerk baits such as suspending Rogues and Slugo style plastic
baits were accounting for some finicky fish. Those windy points and
gravel banks were holding fish but a lot of the bass appeared to be
holding off the shallow shoreline and out in somewhat deeper water.
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Steve McCadams is one of the nation's best known Crappie Fishermen
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