Ready for some fast action in
the fishing department? Check out the feisty bluegill and hefty
shellcracker that are currently on the bed across Kentucky Lake
This week these two panfish tornados hit the spawning phase as warm
weather arrived. Anglers have been experiencing some great action in the
shallow bays and coves too.
Good numbers of bull bream are fanning little craters along the
sandy, gravel bottom where a little mud is mixed in. The darker males
have really gone on a tear in the last few days and knocking a cricket,
meal worm, grub, or any type artificial larva imitation should it enter
their bedding area.
Redear (shellcracker) sunfish are also working the shallow weed beds
where a few buck bushes are mixed in. Some redear are also coming from
open water beds and mixed in with a few bluegill.
You can have a ball right now with some light spinning tackle. Just
grab a few bobbers, split-shots, long shank hooks size number six and
have at it. Many anglers are just crawling the bait across the bottom
without a bobber and finding bites on every cast.
Depths of 2 to 4 feet is where you'll find a lot of the beds. With
the clear water it's best to lay back and cast to the bedding areas, as
the fish can be spooky.
Surface temperatures have been in the 67 to 69 degree range this
week. Watercolor is clear in most coves and bays, along with the main
TVA has been somewhat off its normal curve for reservoir filling
this spring as the lake came up about two weeks ahead of schedule and
this past week has been several inches above the normal summer pool
elevation of 359.
However, lake stages were falling at midweek and slated to be at the
summer pool mark this weekend at Kentucky Dam. While the elevation will
be 359 there, upstream at New Johnsonville TVA indicates the elevation
will be a few inches below summer pool with a prediction of 358.8.
This past week, bass and crappie fishermen have had plenty of water
around shoreline habitat and fishing there has been good. Weed beds have
produced a lot of bass lately as the male fish continue to bite on a
Bass are hitting good on spinnerbaits, floating worms and lizards,
jerk baits, and buzzbaits. There's a lot of floating grass that often
interferes with various topwater baits with blades but the soft jerk
baits are working great.
Many bass are on the bed. Several spotted bass have been seen on
shallow gravel and boatdocks fanning out dishes for egg deposits.
Largemouth are really using the weeds and especially around the
so-called "yellow flower" patches.
Buck bushes are really producing bass this week too. Find a bush and grassbed combo and you'll find some bass.
Look for some of the larger females to hit this week as they come
off the bed. Already present in some backwater bays are schools of small
"fry" bass, indicating an early spawn has taken place.
Not many smallmouth have been taken lately as the brown fish
continue to play hard-to-get this spring.
One surprising note is the amount of small rockfish (stripers) being
caught. Both bass and crappie anglers have been landing a lot of
stripers lately. The size range has been 6 to 9-inches which indicates a
spawn has taken place somewhere in the river system in the last year or
Anglers are not sure if the influx is good or bad. Time will tell
but stripers don't normally blend too well with good crappie and bass
populations, as they tend to eat a lot of the forage or anything else
that comes their way!
Meanwhile, crappie are in their typical post-spawn phases and quite
scattered. Some anglers have even found a few fish in the buck bushes up
Big Sandy this week as some dark male crappie have ventured into the
shoreline habitat due to the higher lake levels.
This is the time of year when you find a few fish in four feet,
fourteen feet, and twenty-four feet! So, it's tough to catch a big
number of fish in any one depth zone right now but look for crappie
action to improve in a week or two as they slowly get over the stress of
the annual spawning ritual.
A few sauger are showing up in the creel of bass and crappie
anglers. There aren't too many making it past the 14-inch minimum length
limit but it's good to see some showing up nonetheless.
This next week will see good fishing for both bass and the bluegill
and redear action is likely to be red-hot!
Now is the time to introduce some kids---or anyone for that
matter---to the fast action of a bream bed. Once the bobbers start
disappearing we're all kids once again!