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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
December 29th, 2006
WEATHER HAS BEEN KIND TO ANGLERS
How about this winter fishing scene? The last few weeks have been on the
side of winter fishermen as mild weather has played right into the hands
of crappie and sauger fishermen on Kentucky Lake.
Those golden brown fillets sure taste good any time of year but
especially when taken from cold water.
Presently, surface temperatures are in the 48 to 50 degree range. Lake
levels had been resting at the low level of 354, which is winter pool,
for several weeks before rising slightly earlier this week after heavy
Water color remains quite clear across the reservoir.
TVA is predicting a slow fall going into the weekend with a forecast of
354.4 by Saturday. That should see the presence or current in the main
river for a few days, which might be good news for sauger anglers.
Winter fishing for sauger has bounced back some this year compared to
times past here in the Paris Landing sector. Several anglers have been
testing the water lately and finding a few that meet the minimum 15-inch
Crappie anglers have enjoyed the calm days too as those open water
ledges are easier to negotiate during days of light and variable winds.
And, warm weather has made it more appealing as well.
Some reports came in this week from anglers finding fish in the 12 foot
depth range as anglers worked stakebeds and brush piles. There were also
some fish holding on main lake ledges in the 16 to 18 foot range where
those deep stumps and brush were home to winter crappie.
Some anglers were finding success on chartreuse and orange jigs while
others were using live shiner minnows.
The month of December is about gone but it has been kind to anglers
delivering weather that has been more like fall than winter. While deer
and duck hunters have had to battle some unfavorable conditions, anglers
on Kentucky Lake have been smiling for several weeks. Every day means
spring is a little bit closer.
Even thought colder days are ahead, anglers can’t complain as they’ve
been the beneficiary of a mild winter thus far.
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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.