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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
November 14th, 2008
Kentucky Lake anglers had another decent week of fall weather as
mild temperatures and cooperative winds worked in favor of fishermen
stalking both bass and crappie.
It appears rain and cooler weather are in the forecast as the
weatherman may turn his back on anglers for a few days and favor
Presently, Kentucky Lake’s elevation is holding steady at both
Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville as not much rain has entered the
picture for several weeks. TVA is projecting stable lake levels going
into the weekend with a forecast of 355 at Kentucky Dam and readings of
354.8 upstream at New Johnsonville.
Water color remains quite clear. Surface temperatures have cooled
some compared to last week with readings in the 55 to 58 degree range.
Watch for surface temps to fall fast by late this weekend and early next
Crappie action has been decent this week with some good size ones
still coming from manmade stakebeds and brush piles in that 9 to 12 foot
depth range. At the same time some anglers in the Paris Landing sector
were stalking main lake ledges and finding some scattered fish lingering
around structure in the 13 to 15 foot zone.
Up Big Sandy and in West Sandy a few fish were coming from stakebeds
and brush piles in 6 to 9 foot depths were anglers were vertical fishing
jigs right down in the cover.
Baits of choice have been small jigs with popular colors being
blue/white, clear with sparkle, lime/white, black/chartreuse, and some
aqua blue with red metal flake, just to name a few.
Live minnows seemed to have lost some appeal lately and while some
fish are still taking a minnow or a jig tipped with a minnow the fish
have shown a preference for a small jig over the live bait lately.
Some pretty good black crappie continue to show up and several have
eclipsed the one-pound mark lately with some fish even reaching the slab
status. Numbers seem to be down somewhat as not many limits are being
reported, although size of fish has been pretty good all fall.
Bass anglers continue to toss spinnerbaits around grassbeds with
positive results. Crankbaits in the chrome and Tennessee shad colors are
working well around gravel banks and points.
Those shallow roadbeds, boathouses, piers, and exposed crappie beds
are also holding some bass.
Some surface action was still available this week as white bass,
yellow bass, and some aggressive Kentucky spotted bass were sharing the
sprints of feeding frenzies with largemouth as they chased shad over
shallow mud flats.
Tossing chrome/blue colored Rattle Traps has worked well on the
schooling fish around both grass and shallow flats.
Fall fishing continues to hold up well, although not many people
have been on the lake lately.
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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.