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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
February 18th, 2005
Winter fishing continues to offer a variety of weather patterns for
anglers along Kentucky Lake. This week has been a mixture of warm sunny
days and cold windy ones with a dose of rain mixed in at times.
The weather indicates the return of cooler weather this weekend with
some rain on the way. This time of the year anglers get a bonus when a
day or two of light winds and moderate temperatures occur.
Crappie fishing has been holding up pretty good, however, for
anglers who have braved the elements this week. Some decent stringers
have been taken but the wind has been a factor for many fishermen who
wanted to work the main lake areas but could not due to the whitecaps.
Presently, Kentucky Lake is rising very slowly but still remains
near the winter pool mark. TVA indicates lake stages will be in the
354.7 range this weekend at both Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville
areas, up only a few inches from earlier in the week.
Watercolor remains relatively clear throughout most of the
reservoir. Surface temperatures warmed early this week into the upper
40ís and low 50ís. However, expect the cool conditions now upon us to
send surface temps back down a few degrees by the weekend.
Some crappie have moved up to midrange stakebeds and brushpiles in 9
to 13 feet. The upper Big Sandy and West Sandy areas around Springville
pumphouse and Britton Ford areas were producing fish in that depth
Anglers using minnows were doing pretty well. And, several jig
fishermen were reporting success using such colors as motor oil with
flake, red and chartreuse, and some black and chartreuse combos.
Look for action to resume in the main lake where deep ledges
continue to hold fish in the 17 to 22 foot zones once the wind allows
access to such areas.
A few bass anglers were stalking the rock and gravel banks this
week. Tossing jig and pig combos and slow retrieved crankbaits, some
anglers found success. And, a few smallmouth were taking finesse baits
worked slowly on ledges and rock bluffs.
Sauger action continues further south on the river, especially near
the Danville Bridge, mouth of Duck River and down toward Pickwick.
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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.