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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
June 9th, 2007
is holding up well for crappie, bass, and catfish anglers here on
weather has been good for fishing with a day or two of windy conditions
that challenged open water anglers. Summer patterns are pretty much on
schedule as to behavior and patterns for crappie and bass while catfish
have been lingering around some rocky areas lately such as catfish
island in Big Sandy.
levels continue to reside below normal summer pool elevation. This week
observed elevation at Kentucky Dam has been around the 358.3 mark and
holding stable. Upstream at New Johnsonville the reservoir was resting
in the 358.2 range and expected to remain there going into the weekend
according to TVA projections.
water conditions remain throughout most of the reservoir.
temperatures have been in the 77 to 79 degree range this week. With
warmer weather in the forecast anglers can expect temps to rise a couple
of degrees this weekend.
are hitting good and some dandy stringers continue to show up. A lot of
fish are coming from manmade fish attractors in the 12 to 14 foot zone
while some of the main lake ledges filled with deep stumps and brush are
also accounting for decent numbers.
drop-offs are holding crappie on the deep sides of ledges in 18 to 24
foot depths. Anglers using bottom bumping rigs loaded with live minnows
and jigs are catching fish from the deep zones.
midrange areas have been holding fish for several weeks now and anglers
using vertical presentations of jigs and jigs tipped with minnows have
enjoyed consistent success.
color choices of jigs have been lime leadheads with dull colored tube
skirts such as silver sparkle, dull shades of green, and brown. Some red
and chartreuse and other light green variations have also worked and
tipping with minnows seems to entice bites too.
other techniques producing have been trolling crankbaits out over main
lake flats. This approach covers a lot of water and often catches
boats are still pulling long lines where jigs with tube skirts and
twister tails are working as have been Road Runners and other leadheads
with small spinners attached.
fishermen continue to key in on main lake ledges with a combination of
big crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged worms, and jig and pig combos.
fish have been taken off blow downs and other structure on the edges of
river islands and bridge piers where pin minnows are starting to show up
in hefty schools. Outside weed beds and exposed crappie beds are also
holding some bass as anglers work spinnerbaits, shallow running
crankbaits, and worms around visible grass and wood.
the heavy stringers of fish are coming from deeper sandbars. The popular
summer hangouts have produced some smallmouth too with most coming from
ledges on the east side of the lake.
A lot of
aquatic vegetation is starting to show up in the form of milfoil,
pondweed, and slimy moss or lily pads.
seemed to show a surge in action last week as the rocky banks were
giving up some decent channel catfish. Jug fishing has also been paying
seemed to have backed off considerably as to their spawning areas. A lot
of small fish are still scattered around shallow weeds and docks but
several of the larger male bluegill have pulled back to deeper water and
quite likely a mayfly hatch will occur within the next week to ten days.
That could see the return of some bluegill to shallow areas and
overhanging trees or bushes on islands.
days of summer are not here yet but fishing has been pretty doggone
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