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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
November 7th, 2008
Anglers have enjoyed beautiful fall weather this past week on
Kentucky Lake. Temperatures have been above average and the winds have
Although changing weather is on the way, no one can complain as it
has been great to be on the lake lately with the parade of colors from
hillside hardwoods mirrored in placid waters.
Both bass and crappie action has held up pretty good. Some anglers
are finding the fall fishing patterns to be challenging on a few days
when stagnant winds and high skies were present, however.
Currently, Kentucky Lake is falling slowly after resting at stable
lake levels for the last week or so. Elevation at Kentucky Dam is 355.
Upstream at New Johnsonville readings were in the 354.8 range. Those
readings are down slightly from last week at this time.
Surface temperatures rebounded some this week after the influence of
warm sunny weather. The last few days the surface temps have ranged from
61 in the early morning hours to 63 at midday.
With cooler weather in the forecast watch for surface temps to fall
back in the mid to upper 50ís by early next week. Meanwhile, water color
Crappie have been scattered in the 9 to 13 foot range this week. A
few fish were taken in 6 to 9 foot zones up Big Sandy and in West Sandy
but most anglers have to make a lot of stops or cover a lot of water.
While a few anglers are working the main lake ledges and hitting the
15 to 20 foot depths not many fish have been taken there this week.
Bites have been finicky as the fish are somewhat sluggish,
especially on the days with stagnant winds and high skies. In the early
morning and late afternoon hours with lowlight conditions the fish seem
to perk up some in shallow areas.
Techniques have ranged from spider rigs to vertical presentations of
jigs and minnows over manmade structures.
Jig colors such as light blue with metal flake and some
red/chartreuse combinations have produced. Tipping jigs with Berkley
power bait has helped while live minnows seemed to have less appeal this
week on peculiar crappie.
There is a pretty good grade of fish showing up with several black
crappie topping the one pound mark.
Bass fishing is holding its own with several fish still relating to
shallow grass. Tossing spinnerbaits, rattle traps, floating worms, and
topwater jerk baits have continued to produce.
Some fish continue to hit both buzzbaits and floating weedless frogs
around shallow crappie beds and grass.
Crankbaits around shallow gravel banks have worked too.
Some schooling bass were showing up on shallow flats and busting
shad in brief encounters of surface activity. A few white bass and
yellow bass are mixed in as well, along with an occasional striper that
really tests the knots.
It appears a cooling trend will descend this weekend and anglers may
have to endure a day or two of northwest winds before things mellow out
by early next week.
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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.