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December 3, 2011
Late fall fishing has been at the mercy of the elements again this week
as a drastic changed arrived Sunday, sending temperatures down over 25
degrees from Saturdayís high that reached the 73 degree mark. Despite
being warm late last week prior to the weather change there were gales
winds that hampered anglers.
The past week has not been good fishing conditions but conditions were
moderating on Thursday and warm weather is expected this weekend prior
to a cool snap and some rain coming in Monday.
Lake levels have changed a bit since heavy rains turned to snowflakes on
Monday. Itís somewhat surprising but Kentucky Lake hasnít jumped much in
elevation the last few days as TVA is really discharging a lot of water
through Kentucky Dam.
Evidence of that is reflected in the difference in elevation between
Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville. Elevation at Kentucky Dam was 355.4
at midweek whereas upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels were higher
and reported to be in the 356.7 range.
With TVA pulling a lot of water through the system there is significant
current in the main river, a scenario that will likely continue for
Water color isnít too bad with a slight stain showing throughout Big
Sandy and most of the Tennessee River. Surface temperatures had cooled
to the 50 to 52 degree range.
Crappie anglers didnít have much to report this week due to inclimate
weather but action was in the process of improving as this report was
A few bass were showing up from anglers working the down current sides
of islands and rocky points. And, some shad colored crankbaits were
still producing on gravel banks and rocky bluffs.
Sauger havenít shown up for most anglers as a few boats were testing the
water at Paris Landing bridge and further south near Danville and New
Johnsonville and Duck River.
Fishing this time of year depends on the mood of the weatherman!
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.