Jordyn Riddick on spring break March 2014 with grandad
Crappie Action Guide Service
FINICKY CRAPPIE FOOLING SOME ANGLERSÖLAKE APPROACHES SUMMER POOL
Anglers finally got to shed the thick coats this week as some warm
spring days dominated the fishing scene. Despite the warm-up there were
a few days at midweek where those annoying north to northeast winds
curtailed activity for bass and crappie anglers as the fish had another
Catch rates diminished this week for most crappie anglers after a pretty
good Easter weekend bite. Although a few boats long-lining and spider
rigging are still managing to find scattered and suspended fish up Big
Sandy, a lot of anglers fishing deep ledges or vertical jigging over
manmade fish attractors are having tough luck in the Paris Landing
This springís unusual weather continues to have lingering effects on the
whereabouts and behavior of the areaís most popular panfish. While some
have scored decent catches the overall picture has been one of
inconsistency with many traditional areas proving to be unproductive.
Surface temperatures warmed to the mid 60ís earlier this week and were
even warmer up Big Sandy and in the backs of shallow bays. Water color
remains quite clear in the Paris Landing area with slight stain up Big
Sandy and West Sandy.
Lake levels continue to rise this week and are above TVAís curve.
Elevation going into the weekend will be 358.9 for Kentucky Dam and
358.7 at New Johnsonville. Normal summer pool is 359 so the reservoir is
on the threshold. Under normal conditions TVA targets the date of May 1
for summer pool.
A few anglers are finding some shallow fish this week in the upper end
of Big Sandy in depths of 3 to 6 feet. Reports have come in from some
stringers taken by anglers casting curly tail jigs or Road Runners
around shallow structure as clear conditions make it tough to get on top
of the fish without spooking them.
Still somewhat confusing to a lot of anglers is the mood swing of
crappie lately as the fish have never really sprinted toward structure
as is usually the norm at peak spawning time. A few fish headed toward
cover two weeks ago but never really blitzed in big numbers, choosing to
stay deep and suspended.
Most of the fish are being taken by multi-pole trolling techniques in
depths of 10 to 14 feet and often out over deeper water. In the early
morning and late afternoon hours the fish are moving up toward shallow
flats and backing off once bright conditions enter the picture. No doubt
this springís clear water has been a factor.
A daily check at the fish cleaning tables indicates a lot of fish have
already spawned. Thereís always a few late spawning attempts so itís
that time of the year when a few have and a few have not.
As surface temps continue to warm watch for increased activity from
bluegill and shellcracker next week. Several small fish began biting
last week as they migrated into shallow crappie beds and played tag with
Once surface temps reach the low 70ís bluegill and shellcracker action
will heat up so better get the light tackle ready and dust off the
cricket boxes. Bedding hasnít started yet but things will happen fast if
warm weather lingers into next week.
Decent bass stringers continue to come in as anglers are tossing
spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms, craws and lizards just off the shallow
shorelines. Water wasnít up in weeds or bushes this week but the fish
were hanging just off the banks and ready to move up.
Anglers were laying off the banks as fish were staging on shallow flats
and enjoying the warmer surface temperatures in their prespawn phases.
Watch for some early bedding activity in the days ahead if not already
The shallow bite should really turn on in the days ahead with more
topwater entering the picture along with shallow running crankbaits too.
Once the lake climbs to summer pool look for those yellow flowers and
various weedbeds to produce a lot of fish as will willows and outside
Hopefully spring weather is here to stay. Itís time for normalcy to
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professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area.