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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 4th, 2005
This week’s fishing scene again had a mixture of weather patterns
for anglers. There were some nice sunny days with light winds and a few
cold ones that commanded a thick coat and gloves.
Crappie action has been fair this week with some good stringers
taken last weekend by anglers who fished jigs in midrange depths. During
the higher lake levels last weekend and earlier this week some of the
fish had moved up into 11 to 14 foot zones where brush and stakebeds or
stumps attracted them.
Meanwhile, lake levels are falling and Kentucky Lake’s elevation is
changing each day. After more than a week with above normal readings,
TVA is drawing the reservoir back down toward the winter pool mark.
TVA indicates the reservoir will continue to drop throughout the
weekend with a projection in the New Johnsonville around the 355.8
range. Kentucky Dam has been several inches lower lately as the water
heads that direction. Last week some days saw as much as 18-inches
difference between New Johnsonville and Kentucky Dam elevations.
Look for crappie action to resume in the deeper venues this week due
to the falling lake levels. Odds are the 18 to 24 foot zones will
improve as the fish pull back to main lake ledges here in the Paris
Anglers working the upper Big Sandy and West Sandy areas near
Springville pumphouse and Britton Ford will likely find some fish in the
11 to 13 foot zones and perhaps less than that.
Several fish have been taken in West Sandy by anglers slow trolling
and drifting jigs. Some are using wind socks to slow down the boat
movement while others use trolling motors and move along with multi-pole
Surface temperatures this week have been in the 46 to 49 degree
range. Watercolor has improved throughout most of the area with most of
the creeks clearing up from last week due to the falling lake levels.
And, most of Big Sandy and West Sandy is sporting a good color for
fishing. Some dingy water remains along the Tennessee River.
Bass action was pretty good last weekend during the warm spell as
some nice stringers were taken by anglers tossing jig and pig combos and
crawfish colored crankbaits around rock points and bluffs were current
Several spotted bass and a few smallmouth have been taken on the
edges where current was present.
Anglers continue to watch the wind, as that’s always a big factor
this time of year.
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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.