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December 9, 2011
Kentucky Lakeís fishing scene has been the victim of another messy week
of wet and windy weather. After several days of heavy rains came a cold
front and snow flurries entered the picture Wednesday morning. It has
not been a good week for fishing.
Topping the fishing scene is a rapidly rising reservoir where flooding
conditions across the region have really sent a large volume of water
into the Tennessee River watershed.
Lake levels have jumped almost five feet since last week and are above
the summer pool mark. Observed elevation at midweek at Kentucky Dam was
359.5 range while upstream at New Johnsonville elevation was reported to
be in the 360.1 range. Kentucky Lake was still on the rise as this
report was underway.
Water color is muddy to dingy across much of the reservoir due to the
massive runoff. Surface temperatures were dancing around the 49 to 51
degree range and will likely cool down by the weekend as chilly nights
are in the forecast.
As to fishing patterns the current is a big factor now as the Tennessee
River channel is really flowing. Sometimes bass anglers can take
advantage of that scenario and find bass stacked in areas where eddies
form and deliver a buffet of baitfish.
As to crappie anglers there hasnít been much to report this week as
anglers have dodged the open water due to wind and rain. And, colder
weather has separated the men from the boys too. Most anglers are
waiting for lake levels to stabilize or warmer weather to return.
Temperatures are expected to moderate by early next week so opportunity
could improve in the days ahead but it has been a mean week for most
anglers who have opted to say on shore instead of fight the changing
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.