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January 31, 2013
WEIRD WEATHER HAMPERS ANGLERS
It has been a topsy-turvy week of weather for the Kentucky Lake fishing
scene after severe storms moved through at midweek, dropping
temperatures and upsetting the apple cart of anglers hoping warm weather
Balmy warm weather dropped in for a two-day visit earlier this week as
temps climbed to 70 degrees on Tuesday but by midweek there was a 25 to
30 degree drop. Winter weather returned with a vengeance in the
aftermath of high winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rain that kept
fishermen off the lake the last few days.
Lake levels have been falling on a gradual basis for over a week after
Kentucky Lake jumped some four feet above winter pool two weeks ago.
Elevation was projected to be 354.7 this weekend at Kentucky Dam.
Upstream at New Johnsonville TVA projects the elevation will be 356.
Heavy rain across the region will continue sending runoff into the
Tennessee River so expect significant current to remain in the main
channel for the next week or so. Lake levels may rise a few inches the
next few days.
Water color was dingy in the main river but had cleared some in the
bigger bays this week as falling lake levels pulled muddy water out of
Surface temperatures rose some this week into the 45 to 48 degree range
but will likely fall back a few degrees as cooler conditions are
expected to hang around for several more days. It appears winter will
hold its grip until at least the middle of next week but the long range
forecast appears to have mid 50ís returning.
Some crappie were taken during the brief few days of mild weather this
week but some windy conditions challenged anglers by midday. Depths of
17 to 20 feet produced a few fish.
Bass fishermen were playing the current in some areas and working
sandbars with Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs, and some jig and pig combos
but success was limited.
Winter sauger fishermen are still not finding many fish playing their
game either. Action has been slow for most sauger anglers the last two
It has been another mean week of weather for winter fishermen yearning
to get out on the lake but itís that time of year when conditions can be
nasty at times. Hang in there as moderate weather and stable lake levels
will return at some point.
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.