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November 28, 2012
ANGLERS AND WEATHERMEN ON
Kentucky Lake anglers must be living right. No doubt
fishermen are on good terms lately with meterologist.
Itís another week of relatively mild weather for late fall fishermen
here in the Kentucky Lake area as the weatherman is forecasting
temperatures in the low to middle 60ís for the approaching weekend.
Conditions have been stable the last week with some cool frosty mornings
melting away to mild afternoons and light winds. There was a day or two
of chilly weather but overall, rains dodged the area on Monday and south
winds have resumed their fall flow of nice, stable weather.
Lake levels have been changing very little this week as TVA has pretty
much held on to a very slow drawdown. Elevation at midweek for Kentucky
Dam was 355.4, which is down only a few inches from last week at this
time. Upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels are projected to be in
the 355.3 range as the weekend approaches.
Surface temperatures are in the 51 to 52 degree range at midday but
starting off cooler in the mornings. Water color remains clear across
the reservoir as not much rain or wind has stirred things up. In fact,
very little rainfall has entered the system the last two weeks.
Crappie anglers are finding activity still holding up well on deep
ledges where depths of 17 to 22 feet have given up some decent numbers
lately. Anglers are working deep structure with jigs and minnows where
the fish are favoring the main lake drop-offs.
There has been some increased activity in midrange stakebeds and
brushpiles the last week or so as a few more fish have entered the 10 to
14 foot zone compared to last week at this time.
Popular jig colors have been blue/chartreuse, red/chartreuse, and some
white/red variations just to name a few. Live minnows have been working
well too as anglers use bottom bumping rigs in the deep water to stalk
the submerged structure.
A few bass fishermen are still at it, working both grass beds and some
main lake ledges, especially along the river channel. Some finesse baits
are paying off as small grubs, Road Runners and some crawfish imitations
worked slowly on Carolina rigs have produced.
Spinnerbaits and Rattle Traps are still producing bass from vegetation
at times as are crankbaits worked around gravel banks and points. Seems
the late fall patterns always have some rock and gravel banks in the
playbook here on Kentucky Lake.
Not much coming in from sauger fishermen thus far on the Tennessee
With another week of nice fall weather working in favor of fishermen,
crappie and bass anglers should be thankful for the conditions as this
time of the year things can change quickly. Old Man Winter hasnít made
his presence known just yet but odds are heís coming sooner or later!
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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.