June / 2014
Joe and Judy Bernath from Tennessee
Kentucky Lake Crappie fishing
Crappie Action Guide Service
SUMMER CRAPPIE AND BASS BITE STILL ONÖLAKE LEVELS STABLE
Kentucky Lakeís summer fishing scene continued to hold up well for bass,
crappie and catfish anglers this week. And, mayfly hatches were underway
at several areas along the Tennessee River ranging from the
Kentucky/Tennessee stateline down toward New Johnsonville.
Lake levels are similar to last week at this time and staying around the
normal summer pool elevation. Projections for the weekend will be 359.2
at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the reservoir is slightly
lower with readings in the 358.8 range.
Surface temperatures are in the 82 to 85 degree range. Water color is
clear throughout Big Sandy with only a slight stain in the main
Tennessee River channel.
Crappie are still holding up pretty good with decent numbers taken from
midrange stakebeds again this week. I found good numbers in depths of 12
to 16 feet and the fish showed a preference for jigs tipped with
You can catch a few fish just on plain jigs but it seems once warmer
weather arrives the crappie prefer the live minnow or just plain jig
heads tipped with minnows. Taking the tube skirt off seems to work
better as sometimes the fish just donít want a big, bulky bait.
A few fish were taken this week by anglers trolling crankbaits over main
lake ledges. The technique works in the early spring and also during the
summer months. Kim Wilson landed several nice crappie at midweek while
trolling off her pontoon in the Paris Landing area.
Watch for more crappie to move toward the deeper sides of main lake
drop-offs in the days ahead as warmer surface temperatures push the fish
to deeper venues and lower light conditions.
Hefty stringers of bass are coming in with most of the winning
tournament weights still coming from deep ledges, humps, and the edges
of the main river channel. A lot of the FLW tournament guys have focused
their fishing on very deep venues this week.
Popular lure choices have been big green pumpkin-pepper jigs and
crawfish trailers with some black and blue. Also popular have been big
Texas rigged worms in the 10-inch length with such colors as red shad,
black and blue, June bug, and Tequila sunrise being a few of the more
Those huge deep diving cranksbaits are still at the top of the list as
are Carolina rigged worms , craws and lizards. Alabama rigs are working
too as are some big spoons and giant swim baits.
Some shallow weedbeds and blow-downs where pin minnows are schooling are
giving up lots of fish too on both topwater and spinnerbait
presentations but the bigger fish are coming from main lake ledges.
Catfish action slowed some this week due to lack of current in the main
river. Still several showing up in midrange depths as crappie anglers
are tying into a lot of them.
Watch for catfish action to resume on the edge of the main river channel
and around the Paris Landing bridge area once current returns.
Mayfly hatches were seen earlier this week in Standing Rock and south
toward the Leatherwood and Lick Creek sectors. Hatches will continue for
several weeks but itís hard to predict where and when. Only Mother
Nature knows for sure.
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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.