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February 16, 2013
FISHING SCENE CHANGING WITH WEATHER
Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has been changing with the weather
lately as a mixture of conditions have greeted anglers. Some days a cold
brisk wind has been too challenging for most and catch rates were down
drastically. However, for those fishermen fortunate enough to have a
flexible schedule and pick their days, some pretty good catches awaited
February is a month known for changing weather. There will be a few nice
days mixed in but anglers know they have to tolerate some nasty winds
and cold temperatures this time of year and conditions can change at the
drop of a hat.
Some nice stringers of crappie were taken lately by anglers working the
main lake ledges where deep water venues have been holding decent
numbers. Productive areas have been deep sides of drop-offs where
submerged stumps and brush in the 17 to 20 foot depth range has paid
Most anglers are tightlining jigs around the deep structure but a few
boats reported success while using bottom bumping, double-hook minnow
rigs as well.
Some of the more popular color jigs skirts have ranged from
blue/chartreuse to red/chartreuse and some chartreuse with red glitter
and variations of sparkle scale tubes. Tipping jigs with Berkley Power
Bait Gulp and Crappie Nibbles has enhanced strikes too.
Most of the fish in the Paris Landing area have come from deep ledges
but there have been some crappie in midrange brushpiles and stakebeds up
West Sandy and in some other bays such as Cypress and Standing Rock
where 8 to 12 foot depths produced fish.
Surface temperatures have been holding in the 45 to 47 degree range.
Water color is good with a slight stain in places.
Lake levels this week are still sleeping above normal winter pool and
have fluctuated a few inches after some heavy rains but not too drastic
Projections for the weekend will be 354.4 at Kentucky Dam but almost two
feet higher in the New Johnsonville area where readings will be 356.2.
For the last several weeks significant current has been present in the
main channel as a lot of water has been pushing through the system.
A few bass have been taken lately and the winter fishery continues to
attract a lot of boats to the cold weather approach whereas in times
past very few ventured out until early March. Anglers have learned to
master the cold weather patterns and generally speaking, winters are not
as cold as they used to be.
Most anglers are tossing Carolina rigged craws, jig and pig combs, or
slowly retrieving crankbaits. Some success has come from slow rolling
spinnerbaits around shallow flats where fragments of grass remain.
Rattle traps have been productive as have shallow running shad colored
crankbaits. Points with big chunk rock or rip-rap shorelines have been
holding some fish too.
Not much to report from the sauger fishery as very few fish have been
taken this winter. Most anglers feel the fish are just not there for the
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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.