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January 21, 2010
WINTER ANGLERS GET COLD SHOULDER FROM FISH
Although itís warmed up, Kentucky Lake anglers are
getting the cold shoulder from crappie, bass, and sauger the last week
Recent reports from several experienced fishermen testing the winter
waters indicate tough sledding. Bottom line is the fish havenít been
Some anglers are wondering if the lull is due to the recent cold snap
while others thought a shad kill during the frigid phase might have had
a negative impact. A few are just plan confused at the lack of activity.
Surface temps last week were lingering in the mid 30ís but have
rebounded to the 40 to 43 degree range this week and might be even
warming by the weekend. That may help things.
Lake levels were resting at winter pool levels during the cold period
but are rising slowly this week in the aftermath of recent rains. TVA
projections for the New Johnsonville area are 356.5 and rising to 356.7
range around Kentucky Dam.
The reservoir is rising slowly each day in the aftermath of rains and
more thunderstorms are in the picture for this weekend. Warmer weather
is likely contributing to the additional rainfall as temps are expected
to be above normal before a cold front approaches Monday.
Water color has been clear but stain is entering main river areas since
recent runoff from rain and high wind stirred up some shorelines.
Sauger anglers are having trouble finding fish in their normal winter
hideouts but so are the crappie fishermen stalking the deep water in the
Paris Landing area. A week or so ago a lot of ice was present in much of
Big Sandy and West Sandy but all the ice has vanished.
Despite stalking the deep ledges crappie anglers have just not
encountered hungry fish. And, although sauger fishermen have not had
current in the main river, that will change as rising lake levels will
likely see a lot of water enter the system and soon TVA will be
discharging more and create some current for main river sauger venues.
Watch for fishing to improve now that the severe cold spell is in the
If youíve been fishing and had tough luck youíre not alone. Most
everyone has experienced poor fishing success the last week or so but
all hope things rebound soon as they always do.
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.