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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
February 29th, 2008
LEVELS FALLING BACK TOWARD WINTER POOL...CRAPPIE ACTION PRETTY GOOD WHEN
levels have been falling all week as Kentucky Lake slowly heads toward
its normal winter pool elevation in a year when the reservoir has been
above normal for almost three months.
Expect lake levels to be in the 355.4 range the by Saturday in the Paris
Landing and New Johnsonville area, which is down almost three feet from
a week or so ago at this time. TVA predicts levels of 355.5 at Kentucky
Dam this weekend.
Presently, crappie anglers are having some decent catches on days when
light winds and mild temps have allowed access to main lake areas where
most of the fish are residing. Two weeks ago anglers were finding a lot
of fish scattered as high lake levels at the time were seeing fish move
up toward 9 to 14 foot depths but this week most of the fish are back on
a structure-oriented pattern and relating to deep ledges.
of boats were out last weekend and today (Thursday) as relatively light
winds and moderate temps later in the day allowed for a nice day of
winter fishing here in the Paris Landing area.
Popular depths the last few days have been 18 to 24 feet where deep
sides of drop-offs have been productive when stumps or brush are
located. Those irregular bends, humps, and cuts along the ledges are
often winter homes for deep water crappie and that seems to be the case
Falling lake levels often pull fish back to deeper venues and that
appears to be underway at this time. However, a warming trend and stable
levels levels later this week could see fish move up quickly as baitfish
respond to warmer water and move up, bringing the crappie and bass with
fish were coming from shallow zones up Big Sandy and into West Sandy,
however, as those areas are usually not as deep anyway and fish can
often be found in manmade stakebeds and brushpiles in 8 to 12 feet even
when fish are deeper elsewhere in the reservoir.
anglers are tightlining jigs in such color choices as blue/pearl,
grape/chartreuse, pink/chartreuse, and even some light yellow with red
metal flake, just to name a few. Some are still having success with live
minnows and tipping jigs with small minnows to entice bites as well.
color has cleared this week in many bays since falling lake levels have
pulled much of the stained water out to the main river. Surface temps
were ranging from the upper 30's to mid 40's.
cooler weather and wind is predicted for the next few days with a
moderation in temps by the weekend.
action has diminished this week as cooler surface temps and inclimate
weather have likely slowed the bite. However, Saturday afternoon some
anglers reported improvement from the morning bite as warm sunshine
seemed to help as a few fish were hitting around gravel and rock banks.
Crankbaits, jig and pig combos, and some suspending crankbaits were
accounting for a few light strikes from smallmouth and largemouth.
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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.