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January 23, 2013
FALLING TEMPS/ LAKE LEVELS HARD ON ANGLERS
Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has been a tough one this week for
anglers as falling temperatures and lake levels teamed up to provide
quite a challenge. Cold weather slipped in the door on Monday and has
hung around all week.
Added to the winter weather woes have been falling lake levels as TVA
attempts to pull the reservoir back down to the winter pool elevation
after a dramatic increase in the aftermath of last week’s flooding
across the region.
Lake levels jumped fast last week as muddy runoff entered the system and
caused the reservoir to jump some four feet above normal but TVA has
really been flushing water through the system this week. Elevation was
changing on a daily basis and quite a wall of water has been coming down
the Tennessee River from upstream as elevation has varied some three
feet or more between Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville.
Projected lake levels going into the weekend will be 354.8 at Kentucky
Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the elevation will be in the 357.8
range. Surface temperatures cooled off this week with the influence of
the cold front and are now in the 38 to 42 degree range.
Main lake areas remain quite dingy but most of the bays are beginning to
clear as falling lake levels have pulled muddy water out of feeder
creeks and coves this week.
Another cold front was in progress as this report was underway but
moderate temperatures are expected to enter the picture next week, a
change which will lure crappie and bass fishermen back out on the lake.
Some crappie anglers have been out recently and testing the water anyway
but success rates have been low according to most reports. Bass anglers
have been in the same boat this week.
Watch for the fishing scene to improve next week as lake levels return
to normal and mild weather returns to the fishing scene.
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.