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Great day crappie fishing Daryl Newport and Danny Richard
Photo curtsey of Crappie Action Guide Service


WINTER WOES FOR ANGLERSÖDID YOU REMEMBER TO RENEW LICENSES?


When will it ever end? Thatís what Kentucky Lake anglers have been asking themselves these last few weeks as winter woes continue. Cabin fever is indeed running rampant.

This week has been a roller coaster of temperatures mixed with rain, wind, sleet and snow. The weatherman hasnít delivered decent fishing conditions for a long time but while most everyone has been down in the dumps, remember that every day brings us closer to spring, which this year officially arrives on March 20th. Thatís about two weeks away for those of you counting it down.

Kentucky Lakeís elevation is now rising slowly due to recent rains and runoff from all the snow melt. After sleeping a few days at the low ebb of winter pool, lake levels will be 355.3 at Kentucky Dam this weekend and 356 upstream at New Johnsonville. Watch for those projections to increase in the days ahead.

Surface temperatures were around 41 degree at midweek after Tuesdayís short warm spell but are now falling and will likely dip a degree or two by this weekend. Water color is dingy in several bays and creeks as the runoff brings in sediments.

Bass and crappie anglers have been in a holding pattern as conditions have not been suitable. Not many boats have ventured out this week. However, temperatures are expected to climb back into the low 50ís later this weekend so it appears there is a ray of hope in the forecast.

March is a month when things can change quickly. It appears the cool snap now underway will move out by this weekend and if so, next weekís weather could see a quick rebound of decent fishing conditions as temperatures moderate.

Crappie action should improve for anglers once they get back to open water venues where the main lake ledges should be holding fish on drop-offs around the 17 to 22 foot depth range. And, watch for a few fish to occupy some stakebeds and other structure in midrange depths too as itís not unusual to see a few scattered fish transitioning to shallow areas in pursuit of shad once surface temps rebound.

Gravel banks and rocky points should begin to produce bass very soon as the crankbait pattern is always popular throughout March. The traditional pattern on Kentucky Lake this time of year see some hefty bass taken on crawfish colored crankbaits with some loud colors such as firetiger being popular choices if dingy water lingers.

Jig and craw combos and Alabama rigs can be productive too in the weeks ahead as well as Carolina rigged craws cast on sloping gravel and rocky point where bass will begin staging. Sometimes just open muddy banks can produce too.

Bad weather canít last forever and it may well lose its grip by early next week.

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Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports


 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.


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