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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
November 9th, 2007
WEATHER RETURNS FOR FALL FISHING
Anglers had a bit of summer, fall and winter weather mixed in this
past week here on Kentucky Lake.
I went from no coat to an overcoat earlier this week as temps were
nice and warm last weekend and continued through Monday but Tuesday saw
a dramatic change as a cold front descended. High winds on Monday from
the southwest delivered thunderstorms late that afternoon and by Tuesday
winds switch to the northwest and cold weather knocked down the door
Yet the inclimate weather was short lived as fall-like conditions
eased back on the scene by Wednesday afternoon, making it a beautiful
day on the lake with decent fishing and beautiful colors along the
shorelines now making their presence known.
Presently, lake elevation at both Kentucky Dam and upstream at New
Johnsonville is in the 355.9 range and falling slowly. Lake levels have
been up and down a few inches this week but no drastic changes have
The reservoir is still resting about a foot above normal for this
time of year. Watch for falling lake levels to occur going into the
weekend and into next week as TVA pulls the lake back down toward winter
Surface temperatures have cooled as some cold nights have had an
influence. Readings are in the 53 to 57 degree range.
Water color remains clear in the main lake with some slight stain in
major bays and feeder creeks. The upper Big Sandy has a dingy color as
does West Sandy in some areas, Elsewhere, most bays along the Tennessee
River remain clear.
Crappie have maintained their presence in midrange depths this week
and while action slowed down some due to the cold front and high
pressure at midweek, action resumed the last few days and should
continue to improve as good weather is in the forecast.
Fish were finicky a few days and bites were light as jigs tipped
with minnows or scent attractants seemed to entice some stubborn bites.
Most of the crappie are holding tight to structure and you really have
to bump the cover and hold the bait still before detecting the light
Jigs in the 1/16 to 1/32-ounce size are producing in such colors as
black and chartreuse, dull brown and black variations, along with some
hair jigs in the blue and white, silver, and orange and brown.
Some of the loud colors or fluorescent heads have been less
appealing in the clear water and high skies it seems.
With nice weather on the way and stable conditions entering the
picture watch for crappie to return to a better biting mood going into
the weekend and into next week.
In addition to manmade structure in the 9 to 13 foot zones producing
fish it appears several crappie have also dropped back to some main lake
ledges in the 17 to 22 foot range this week.
Some decent catches were reported there as anglers used both bottom
bumping, double-hook minnow rigs and tightlined jigs around deep stumps
and brush along the drop-offs.
Bass action has been pretty good overall but the bite fell off
drastically on Tuesday and Wednesday as the shallow fish seemed to shut
off for a few days during the high pressure that stayed in the aftermath
of the cold front.
Look for action to resume, however, as temps are expected to be in
the low 60ís for several days and that should see bass bounce back.
The topwater bite had been pretty good in grassbeds as fish were
chasing shad and busting the surface on the parameter of grassy areas.
Tossing jerk baits that mimicked shad have been producing such as Pop-Rs,
Thundersticks, and Devilís Horse.
Shallow running crankbaits have also been good choices as white bass
and largemouth are running together in pursuit of the shad buffet.
Chrome colored rattle traps, sliver and blue, bone, and Tennessee Shad
have been popular color choices.
Floating fluke style worms have worked too as have some spinnerbaits
thrown around submerged grass.
And gravel banks are still giving up bass too as roadbeds and big
chunk rock have been appealing. Some shad are showing up on the late
afternoon gravel banks where an hour or so of topwater action occurs.
Several shallow flats are still seeing surface action at times as
the fish push baitfish up shallow and chase them to the surface.
Continue to watch for the gulls as they will lead you to the feeding
frenzies form both largemouth and white bass this time of year, not to
mention the relentless bites from the small yellow bass which are quite
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Steve McCadams is one of the nation's best known Crappie Fishermen
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