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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 14th, 2003
WARM WEATHER IMPROVES FISHING ACTIVITY
Fishing continues to improve
on Kentucky Lake as warmer weather has entered the picture. Anglers are
welcoming the spring-like weather with open arms after enduring a
miserable month of February.
Crappie action is improving
daily as anglers continue to find fish in the West Sandy area near
Springville pumphouse, Pleasant View Resort, and Britton Ford launch
Depths of 8 to 12 feet have
been producing there lately as the bulk of anglers are slow trolling
jigs and minnows in a spider rig style presentation. The multiple pole
menu is dominating the technique as to prespring success in this area
and across much of Kentucky Lake.
The fish appear to be
suspended in that region with anglers trolling in an attempt to cover
more water with a wide presentation of baits. Some boats are sporting 8
to 10 rods or more as they move around and zone fish.
Down near the power lines at
Mansard Island and north toward Paris Landing the fish appear to be
somewhat deeper. However, a few anglers are finding a fish now and then
in shallow, manmade fish attractors such as brush and stakebeds in 6 to
Out on the middle of Big
Sandy the main lake ledges are producing fish in the 14 to 20 foot
zones. There are a lot of small fish being caught. Yet some good size
fish are mixed right in there with them.
Double hook bottom bumping
rigs are working fair as anglers fish live minnows. Jigs are working
well too and some anglers are fishing jigs exclusively while tipping
them with Berkley Power Bait.
Popular colors have been red,
purple, black, and orange with some sort of chartreuse combination.
Painted leadheads are also popular right now in a variety of florescent
colors as the dingy watercolor is common throughout most of the area
Observed lake elevation in
the Paris Landing area was close to the winter pool mark of 354 at
midweek. Similar readings are reported at Kentucky Dam.
Surface temperatures are
beginning to climb but are just now reaching the 50-degree threshold.
Earlier this week surface temperatures were lingering in the 43 to
46-degree range but look for readings to hit the 50 to 54-degree range
this weekend if sunshine continues.
Bass anglers are seeing
improvement as well with a combination of lures paying off. Jig and pig
combos in the brown and orange are working, along with tube-style baits
fished slowly around rock banks.
Crankbaits in the fire tiger
color and crawfish shades are producing too.
Once the surface temperature
climbs above the 50-degree mark look for a significant improvement.
Warmer weather has arrived
and fishing is improving.
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