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Jane and Tom from TN October 2017
Kentucky Lake Crappie Fishing
"1 pole jig fishing"
FINE FALL WEATHER RETURNS…ANGLERS ON THE REBOUND
Last week was cold and windy. This week mild temps have returned with a
several days of 70-degree plus temperatures in the forecast.
Kentucky Lake anglers wasted no time in rebounding back to sunny days on
the lake, some of which were sandwiched between an occasional shower but
nothing too drastic. Some nice fall days await both bass and crappie
anglers as the pumpkin month lost its place on the calendar and the
turkey month takes over.
After last week’s series of cold fronts the week got started on a chilly
note but moderated by midday Monday. Heavy coats have now been traded
for light jackets.
Surface temps this week reflected the cold nights and started off the
week at 53 degrees before warming to 55 to 56 by midweek. That’s a
drastic drop from last week at this time but anglers can expect temps to
climb back to the upper 50’s as the weekend approaches.
Lake levels remain low and have been stable this week. Elevation at
Kentucky Dam was staying around the 354.8 range. Upstream at New
Johnsonville the reservoir was even lower with reading around the 354.4
Not much rain has fallen and water color remains clear across most of
Crappie fishing improved one the cold fronts passed and annoying
northwest winds and gusty west winds faded away and took the whitecaps
out of the fishing scene.
Several decent stringers are coming in from the 4 to 8 foot depths with
anglers still having to cull a lot of small fish. Some bigger fish had
moved up since surface temps cooled however.
The shallow bite has been decent for anglers vertical fishing jigs and
jigs tipped with minnows around submerged stakebeds. Popular colors have
range from purple/chartreuse to lime, black/chartreuse and some clear
skirts sporting sparkle just to name a few.
A few anglers continue to tip jigs with Berkley Power Bait in the white,
chartreuse and red with glitter.
Midrange depths have produced too as some boats have focused on the 9 to
11 foot depth range and continued to find fish, although they’ve had to
make a lot of stops.
Some deeper venues also produced this week as brushpiles in the 14 to 16
foot zones were holding lots of small fish but producing enough keepers
to keep some boaters in the deeper hideouts.
Bass anglers continue to struggle in their efforts to find schooling
fish or decent number of bigger fish. Most are targeting main lake flats
or flats located back inside big bays. Tossing shallow running
crankbaits and swim baits has worked well with some success coming on
topwater jerk baits as well.
The fish have been scattered and not necessarily relating to structure,
choosing instead to roam freely in pursuit of baitfish moving about
A few boats have found fish in the backs of some bays but the better
grade of fish seems to have come from main lake sandbars where anglers
are attempting to cover a lot of water with everything from a
spinnerbait to shallow running crankbaits.
Low lake levels don’t necessarily offer a lot of visible structure for
bass fishermen but some docks and exposed crappie beds are tempting at
It will be interesting to see how the talented anglers participating in
the Costa FLW Championship now underway on Kentucky Lake fare. Odds are
a few nice stringers will be taken.
Looks like the first week of November will deliver some pretty good
fishing conditions so take advantage of this nice fall weather while
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.