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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 11th, 2005
Crappie and bass action continues to hold up well for anglers
getting an early start on spring fishing.
Some dandy bass stringers were taken this past week here on Kentucky
Lake and several tournaments have gotten off to a good start. In times
past late February and early March bass fishing has been the victim of
cold weather but this year seems to be ahead of itself in terms of
productivity and early spring patterns.
Several 5-fish limits have been weighed in the last two weekends
during tournaments. Winning stringers have been tipping the scales at 16
to 17-pounds plus.
Successful anglers have credited the gravel and chunk rock banks
where crankbaits, jig and pig combos and some slow rolling spinnerbaits
have produced. And, a few anglers are crawling a Carolina rigged lizard
or worm and fooling some fish.
Other lures producing have been suspending jerk baits.
Crappie anglers are finding some fish moving up on the sunny days.
Depths of 8 to 12 feet have yielded some pretty good fish this past week
in Big Sandy and West Sandy. Several fish were taken in the Sulphur Well
Island area too. Some fish are coming from anglers slow trolling jigs
but others are finding action while vertical fishing jigs over stakebeds
The mouth of Big Sandy around the Paris Landing area has seen some
improvement in the main lake ledges where depths of 18 to 22 feet
produced some scattered fish. Live minnows and some jigs were working in
the deep water.
Watercolor is in good shape with some clearing since last week.
Surface temperatures are lingering in the 47 to 49 degree range.
Cooler weather returned at midweek, accompanied by north winds that
delivered below normal temperatures for a few days. The weekend forecast
could see surface temperatures rise slightly if sunshine returns and
warmer nights enter the picture.
Kentucky Lake has been falling slowly all week but TVA predicts
stability throughout the weekend. The New Johnsonville area will remain
in the 354.7 range for the next few days while elevation at Kentucky Dam
is slightly lower with readings in the 354.3 range.
This is the time of year when cold weather and a few warm sunny days
trade places during the week. If you’re fortunate to hit a day with
light and variable winds the action can be pretty good.
Watch for improvement this next week in the bass and crappie
department if the cold fronts ease up and allow some spring weather to
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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.