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Kentucky Lake Crappie Fishing
"1 pole jig fishing"
WARM STRETCH FAVORS LATE FALL ANGLERS
By Steve McCadams
An extended spell of warm sunny days and light winds is just what the
doctored for late fall fishermen on Kentucky Lake.
Above average temperatures over the last week to ten days isnít exactly
what the waterfowlers or deer hunters wanted but itís been great for
crappie and bass fishermen who are at the mercy of the elements this
time of year.
As a result of light winds and warm temps crappie anglers have been
taking advantage of it and scored some pretty decent catches lately.
Several decent stringers were taken by anglers working deep drop offs
around the depth range of 16 to 22 feet.
Also producing have been stakebeds and brushpiles in the 8 to 12 foot
depth range. Anglers vertical fishing jigs and jigs tipped with minnows
found a few more fish had moved up into submerged structures.
Live minnows have worked too as some of the deep drop-offs were holding
fish and anglers using bottom bumping rigs armed with shiner minnows
reported plenty of activity. Some were using jigs too and tipping them
with minnows to entice bites.
Not having to brave high winds has allowed crappie anglers to move about
in the open water areas around Paris Landing and throughout Big Sandy
and West Sandy.
Popular jig color combinations have ranged from pink/chartreuse to aqua
blue with sparkles, black/chartreuse, chartreuse with red metal flake
and some shades of orange, chartreuse and blue just to name a few.
Surface temperatures this week have rested in the 53 degree range. Water
color remains clear across the reservoir has not much rain or wind has
been present to stir things up.
Lake levels have been relative stable lately as very little rainfall has
entered the TVA valley, although some rain was entering the pictured at
Lake levels are projected to be 354.5 at Kentucky Dam this weekend.
Upstream around New Johnsonville the elevation will be a low 354.2.
Thatís a few inches below the low ebb of winter pool so boaters best use
caution and common sense.
Late fall bassing has still been a bit tough as not many anglers are
reporting consistency or hefty stringers. There have been a few fish
caught but most say theyíve struggled to keep a pattern producing.
Tossing crankbaits along gravel banks has been popular as have some main
lake flats where fishermen were casting Rattle Traps and swim baits.
Others were tossing Carolina rigs on sloping gravel points and finding a
few fish using that method.
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.