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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
April 2nd, 2006
CRAPPIE ACTION GOOD...SPAWNING LIKELY TO BEGIN AT
MIDWEEK...(BASS CONTINUE TO MOVE UP TO SHORELINE AND SHALLOW STRUCTURE)
Crappie action is good here on Kentucky Lake and fish are making a blitz
toward shallow spawning areas the last few days. Spawning phases will
likely begin by Wednesday or Thursday this week.
Surface temperatures climbed into the 60 to 62 degree range this
weekend, thanks to a beautiful sunny day on Saturday that was almost
perfect fishing weather. Light winds and warm sunshine really stimulated
the bite and fish were aggressive.
last several days has seen increased activity in the 4 to 9 foot zones
here in the Paris Landing area. Throughout the mouth of Big Sandy fish
have really moved up to shallow structure in preparation for spawning.
crappie are turning darker each day as hormonal changes clearly show
spawning time is here.
Big Sandy and throughout West Sandy anglers were also seeing increased
numbers of fish enter shallow zones that had very few fish just a week
ago. Still, a few fish remain on main lake ledges as not all the fish
spawn at the same time. Some anglers were finding fish on drop-offs in
depths of 16 to 20 feet, although fish were much more scattered there
than last week at this time.
appears many fish have left the deep venues and moved up fast in staging
patterns near spawning territory. Normally, crappie kind of stair-step
their way from deep ledges to shallow areas by first entering main lake
flats in 10 to 15 foot ranges before jumping up to very shallow spots.
However, a lot of fish have skipped the so called "in-between" zone this
week and bypassed midrange depths in favor of structure in 4 to 9 foot
mass movement can likely be attributed to the dramatic warm-up the last
few days. Crappie will begin spawning once the water reaches the 62 to
66 degree range and it appears that threshold will be crossed at
Look for active spawning to take place the next
week to ten days. While some fish will spawn later in the month, the
bulk of the population will make the charge later this week and early
next week here in the Tennessee portion of Kentucky Lake.
Present (Sunday) lake
levels are showing 355.5 at New Johnsonville with a projection of 355.7
by Tuesday, indication a slow rise that should be good for fishing.
Downstream at Kentucky Dam elevation is slightly higher with readings of
355.7 and projections of 355.9 by Tuesday.
some hefty catches the last several days while fishing jigs around
stakebeds and brushpiles in 5 to 9 foot depths. Popular colors were
black leadheads armed with yellow/chartreuse, orange/chartreuse, and
some pink/pearl colored bodies. And, tipping the jig with a minnow also
worked quite well although at times fish were aggressive and it didn't
seem to make any difference as to the addition of live bait.
unpainted leadheads and assorted colors of green and fluorescent red
seemed to produce too but watercolor was clearing here in the Paris
Landing area while some stained water remained up Big Sandy.
techniques producing fish are casting twister tail grubs, tube jigs, and
Charlie Brewer Crappie Sliders around structure as clearing waters may
require anglers to lay back some distance to keep from spooking shallow
trolling spider rigged poles and pulling long line jig presentations is
also accounting for some fish that are on the move in large bays such as
Swamp Creek, West Sandy, Sulphur Well Island and near the power lines at
Mansard Island sector.
Bass continue to relate
to gravel and rock points. Crankbaits have been the bait of choice this
week as colors such as Tennessee Shad, orange and red with black backs,
crawfish, and some chartreuse/black combos have worked well.
diving Bandit, Bagley, and Bill Norman crankbaits have been the ticket
as have Bill Lewis Rattle Traps.
for increased action for slow rolling spinnerbaits around wood and
shallow running crankbaits and jerk baits. Warming waters this week will
see some topwater action begin too.
of the dead grass and shoreline habitat is another week or ten days away
from having enough water to hold bass but fish are staging just out from
those area and often hanging around mud flats and sandbars just waiting
to move up.
females are sporting big bellies and quite healthy as it appears there
is a good forage base supporting both the crappie and bass populations.
Average temperatures are in the forecast so fishing is good and getting
better each day as the fish and fishermen get closer together in shallow
areas, which is what makes spring such a popular time!
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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.