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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
June 13th, 2003
fishing scene comes continued good news for bass and crappie anglers.
And, the bluegill and shellcracker are making one last flurry of
activity as the full moon approaches.
temperatures this week along Kentucky Lake have been in the 73 to 76
degree range. Due to recent rains and some cool nights, surface temps
are a little lower than normal for this time of year.
lake elevation at Kentucky Dam is expected to be 359.4 this weekend,
which is a few inches above summer pool. Upstream at New Johnsonville
TVA forecasts readings of 359 this weekend. The reservoir has been
falling slowly all week somewhat higher readings earlier in the week.
Watercolor is relatively clear in much of Big Sandy and West Sandy.
Along the Tennessee River there is some stain on the main river and
islands but most of the large bays are clear.
fishing has been good for anglers working a variety of patterns. Shallow
grassbeds and shoreline buck bushes have been producing several fish
this week as the slightly higher lake levels had plenty of water on
action has been good on the cloudy days. Buzzbaits, floating worms, and
such jerk baits as Storm's Chug-Bug, Rebel's Pop-R, and Bagley's Bango
lure have been working well. Buzzbaits have been good too, especially on
the parameter of visible grassbeds.
continues to be a lot of baitfish in the form of "fry" schools around
bushes, grass, and treelaps. Some river islands have been holding fish
too as the bases of willows or bushes and grass combos are holding fish.
Spinnerbaits in the white and chartreuse colors with gold, willow-leaf
blades have worked well. Texas rigged worms and lizards in the red-shad,
green pumpkin-pepper, and black with red metal flake have worked good.
larger fish are relating to main lake ledges as anglers toss big deep
diving crankbaits and work Carolina rigged lizards and Texas rigged
worms there. However, a lot of bass are staying shallow as cooler
surface temps and cloudy days have provided a nice comfort zone for
them, not to mention a lot of baitfish staying shallow.
action is good too as several decent stringers were taken this week in
the 10 to 14 foot zones. Deep brushpiles and stakebeds are producing.
a lot of fish on deep ledges this week but the larger fish there were
few and far between. Depths of 18 to 24 feet were holding a lot of small
crappie but I found the better grade of fish in the midrange depths of
10 to 14 feet.
minnows are working well as were jigs tipped with minnows. Unpainted
leadheads with motor-oil and metal flake tube jigs were appealing as
were some chartreuse leadheads and chartreuse skirts fished in a
still a few crappie lingering in the shallow weedbeds as there's a lot
of minnow activity there. Plus, the cool conditions have kept the fish
shallow in some places.
and redear (shellcracker) were making another flurry this week as the
full moon approaches. Seems the panfish army has made one last bedding
effort in shallow water.
fish were taking crickets and redworms, along with some artificial
grubs. Some shellcracker were using shallow weedbeds where a gravel
bottom was present.
few more days of action on bluegill and shellcracker before they
scatter. It's only a week or so before the first mayfly hatch arrives so
keep the flyrod handy.
action has improved lately as some fish are returning to deep venues
along the main river. Several decent stringers were taking this week as
anglers worked nightcrawlers and chicken livers around deep rocks and
ledges along the main river. There has been a little current which has
increased activity this week too.
scattered sauger is showing up now and then and while it appears more
sauger are present than last year at this time, many are below the
minimum length limit.
the early summer action is good for several species.
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