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UNBELIVABLE FALL FISHING
Most anglers have been surprised and somewhat shocked by the long
stretch of great fall weather. It has been beautiful for several weeks
Another week of record high temperatures delivered excellent fishing
conditions to the overall Kentucky Lake fishing scene. Light and
variable winds have been icing on the cake too.
Crappie anglers have enjoyed consistent catches these last few weeks and
several limits were taken this week by anglers stalking both deep
drop-offs on the main lake and midrange structure what continues to pay
Hefty stringers were caught this week by anglers vertical fishing jigs
and jigs tipped with minnows. A few anglers had good luck just using one
or the other.
Depths of 17 to 21 feet have given up some good numbers the last few
days. Deep brushpiles and some natural stumps have been holding
Also productive have been the midrange depths of 7 to 14 feet. Stakebeds
in the midrange zone whether located on main lake flats or near the
edges of submerged creek channels and sloughs have attracted abundant
numbers of late fall crappie.
Although a cold front is in the forecast as the weekend approaches
escorted by some brisk northwest winds, anglers have had a long
honeymoon with above average temperatures this fall. Not many old timers
can recall the weather staying this nice for this long.
Lake levels this week stayed similar to last week with readings in the
354.4 range at Kentucky Dam. Upstream around New Johnsonville even lower
lake levels were greeting fishermen as the elevation there was projected
to stay around the 354.2 range this weekend.
Drought conditions continue and while it has kept lake levels low for
the last two months, it hasnít impacted the crappie bite at all. Water
color has stayed clear all fall as well.
Surface temperatures have been above normal throughout November.
Readings this week were sleeping in the 65 to 67 degree range, which is
about five degrees above normal for this time of year.
It appears a chill will enter the picture by Saturday as temps are
expected to fall drastically once a front blows in on Friday night.
Bass fishermen have experienced mediocre action this week and struggled
to put together any big numbers of fish. Some boats are beating the
banks and tossing shad colored crankbaits around gravel shorelines and
sloping points while others are targeting stumps and shallow crappie
beds with spinnerbaits, topwater jerk baits and swim baits.
Others boats have backed off the banks and continued to work main lake
flats and ledges, hoping to find some schooling fish chasing shad. The
overall bass bite has been off a bit, however.
Anglers may have to yield to the weather for a few days as the first
real front of the fall descends. Odds are fishing conditions will
moderate by early next week so anglers should be able to resume their
fall fishing exploits but perhaps have to add the overcoat at times!
Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports
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.