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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
June 2nd, 2006
Fishermen continue to chalk up good stringers of crappie and bass this
week on Kentucky Lake. Summer is just under three weeks from officially
arriving on the calendar but out on the lake it feels like summer is
Crappie action has been consistent for several weeks now and some nice
catches were reported this week. A lot of fish continue to find a
comfort zone in the 13 to 15 foot depths where submerged structure is
Anglers have landed some good fish while working the deeper stakebeds
and brushpiles lately, along with stumps found in midrange depths. There
is a mixture of year classes showing up as a lot of small fish are mixed
right in there with some average to large fish.
of choice continue to be jigs tipped with live minnows. Some anglers are
reporting decent results on just jigs while others are using live
minnows exclusively. Yet the most consistent stringers are coming from
the combination of the jigs and minnows worked together.
zones are also producing good numbers of crappie. Depths of 19 to 23
feet were giving up nice fish this week. Watch for those main lake
drop-offs to improve in the weeks ahead.
anglers are trolling crankbaits and picking up crappie along main lake
ledges, along with a mixture of sauger, white bass, and stripers. And
yes, a lot more stripers are showing up in the creel of anglers and
there also appears to be a lot of smaller stripers out there too!
Surface temperatures warmed up a few degrees from last week at this
time. Present surface temperatures are running in the 80 to 84 degree
color remains clear throughout the Paris Landing and Big Sandy sectors,
despite some heavy rains and thunderstorms lately. Minor stain is
present in the upper end of some bays while additional stained water is
present along the Tennessee River islands.
stages rose a few inches at midweek but have settled back to 359.1 for
the New Johnsonville area. Downstream at Kentucky Dam water levels are
expected to be slightly higher going into the weekend with projections
behavior continues to lure a lot of anglers in that direction as action
has been good. Both shallow and deep water patterns are paying off too.
dandy stringers continue to come from weedbeds, river islands, and
blowdowns along the deeper banks of pockets and main lake shorelines. A
lot of pin minnows are on the prowl, attracting bass to their locales.
Popular lures have been floating fluke style worms, Texas rigged worms
and lizards, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and shallow running crankbaits.
deeper ledges are giving up some larger fish for anglers tossing big
crankbaits such as the Bill Norman DD22, Poe’s 400 series, and Mann’s
Deep Pig in the pearl, chrome, and chartreuse and black combinations.
Carolina rigged lizards and worms are working well, along with jig and
pig combinations in black and blue.
Catfish action has been fair for bank fishermen but appears to be
improving for deeper water anglers stalking the river channel. With
surface temperatures warming watch for more action from the summer
Bluegill and shellcracker were hitting fair earlier this week but appear
to be coming off bed and scattering, which is a normal post-spawn
pattern. Watch for bluegill to keep biting but scatter in shallow areas
awaiting mayfly hatches in the weeks ahead.
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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.