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December 29, 2011
Winter fishing reports continue to indicate the bite has been pretty
good for crappie lately. And, a few sauger are beginning to show up as
Weather has been working in favor of fishermen on most days with
moderate temperatures and light winds. Tuesday was an exception when
high west winds and rain entered the picture with cooler temperatures
but mild temperatures returned to the forecast quickly and it appears
this weekend will be decent before a cool snap enters the picture early
Kentucky Lake had been rising slowly earlier in the week and crested
around the 356.2 mark at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the
reservoir crested at midweek with a reading of 356.3. Elevation was
projected to be fall slightly as the weekend approached.
Lake levels are about a foot or so higher than last week at this time
and almost two feet above the low ebb of winter pool. Surface
temperature is in the 47 to 49 degree range. Water color has a little
stain but sporting a good color for fishing.
Crappie fishermen are finding fish in the 18 to 22 foot depth range on
main lake drop-offs. Tightlining jigs has worked well with a few folks
tipping a jig with a minnow at times. Reported color combinations that
were producing range from black/chartreuse to some red/chartreuse
Several anglers reported catching decent numbers this week but had to
release a lot of fish that fell short of the 10-inch minimum length
limit. Still, there are a few slabs being caught with an occasional fish
making the two-pound club.
Sauger have shown up the last week or so after a long hiatus for most
fishermen. A few boats working the Paris Landing Bridge area, the mouth
of Leatherwood Creek, and down near Danville railroad bridge were
catching fish and a few 10-fish limits have been taken.
Current has been present in the main river channel lately so that has
worked in favor of sauger fishermen.
Although lake levels have fluctuated the last week or two, it hasnít
seemed to bother the crappie too much as action has held up well for the
deep water style of winter fishing.
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.