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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
January 16th, 2008
From the winter fishing scene comes word of good stringers of both
sauger and crappie continuing to show up in the creel of area anglers
who have been the beneficiary of some decent weather these last two
While duck hunters have been disappointed on those warm days with
stagnant winds, the cloudy conditions have been great for sauger and
crappie anglers who have reported consistent catches lately.
Several anglers have been catching their 10-fish limit of sauger
here in the Paris Landing area by mid morning. A few fish have been
taken in the 3-pound plus range too.
Local angler Jim Perry reported landing limits lately on several
outings. He had also talked with Henry County anglers Billy Lacy and
John Cox who have traded in their bass fishing rods for sauger gear for
a few months. They have teamed up to take several sauger this winter as
Gleason angler Roland Denning has been catching his limit on a
regular basis as well while fishing near the New McWherter bridge.
The reservoir has been falling slowly this week so current has
likely worked in favor of sauger fishermen who are stalking zones in and
around the main river channel.
TVA has been discharging a lot of water this week with 50,000 cubic
feet per second going through Kentucky Dam at midweek, which means a
modest amount of current is present in the main Tennessee River channel.
Lake levels are down by at least a foot from a week ago at this time
as the reservoir continues to dance at levels above normal winter pool
for the last six weeks or more. Projections going into the weekend show
elevation will be in the 355.8 range at both Kentucky Dam and New
That elevation will likely be even lower by early next week barring
any drastic rains. Water color is dingy in most of the secondary areas
with modest stain in the main river. Surface temperatures are in the 39
to 43 degree range.
Crappie action has also held its own as winter anglers continue to
stalk main lake ledges with both jigs and minnows fished on tightline
rigs. Some anglers are using the bottom bumping double hook rigs while
others are just tightlining jigs in the 1/16 to 1/8-ounce range on light
Popular depths in the main lake have been 18 to 23 feet where
submerged structure is attracting winter crappie to deep hideouts.
However, some scattered fish have been taken in midrange stakebeds and
brushpiles by anglers tightlining jigs with popular colors being pink
and chartreuse, grape and chartreuse, some blue and white and light
yellow with red metal flake, just to name a few.
Some cold weather is in the forecast for the weekend so anglers may
have a short hiatus to the mild conditions that have dominated the
weather scene since the start of the new year. However, watch for
moderate weather to return soon as these winters are just not as cold as
they used to be.
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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.