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FALL FISHING UPDATE
From a winter weekend to a mild midweek with yet another cool snap for
the weekend; that’s how Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has been this
week. Anglers continue to ride the roller coaster of temperature ranges
for their fall fishing.
It was short sleeve weather Monday and Tuesday but a very wet Wednesday.
Last weekend’s bitter cold weather caused a cancellation of Two Rivers
Bass Club’s open tournament out of Paris Landing State Park marina.
Lake levels this week dropped near winter pool but rebounded a few
inches at midweek after light rains. Elevation for the weekend is
forecast to be in the 354.5 range at Kentucky Dam and 354.3 at New
Johnsonville. Water color remains clear.
Surface temperatures this week fell a few degrees and were resting in
the 58 to 60 degree range. Watch for that to cool slightly during the
Crappie fishing has been fair as the fish continue to evade the hooks of
anglers in both shallow and deep areas. The overall fall bite has been a
bit off as numbers have been down.
I found a few deep fish during Wednesday’s rain falling back to deep
water at a time when shallow areas should have been appealing. Cloudy
days with light rain and variable wind should have been the recipe for
aggressive activity but fish seem reluctant to bite in midrange depths.
Working the edge of drop-offs in 17 to 20 feet did produce a few decent
size fish that chose to bite live minnows presented on tightline, bottom
bumping rigs. With the cooler surface temperatures crappie should be
moving up to midrange structure.
Bass action slowed last weekend as the cold front really dealt a mean
blow. Bone chilling northwest winds kept a lot of anglers at bay.
Those who braved the elements did not do well. Activity improved a bit
at midweek with a few more fish responding to shad colored crankbaits
fished on gravel banks and points back in bays.
Grassbeds are still on the menu and visible vegetation is holding a few
fish on the east side of the reservoir in bays where grassbeds are
present. Several of the bays throughout LBL and south toward Danville
and New Johnsonville have been holding shallow bass.
Although a cool spell will arrive, temperatures in the next few days are
not expected to be as bad as last weekend.
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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.