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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
July 7th, 2006
SUMMER FISHING HOLDING UP
This week’s fishing report shows
Kentucky Lake’s elevation resting around the normal summer pool level of
359. Only minor fluctuations have occurred lately and current in the
main river has been minimal.
Surface temperatures are responding to
the warm weather with readings in the 82 to 85 degree range across most
of the reservoir. Water color remains relatively clear as well.
Crappie continue to move toward deeper
zones as surface temperatures warm. There’s still a multitude of small
fish residing in the 12 to 15 foot depths but most of the larger fish
are easing off the flats and top sides of ledges, choosing structure
that’s on the deep side of the drop-off.
Depths of 14 to 24 feet have been
producing this week. Those deep stumps and brush are attracting fish and
while there’s a lot of small fish out there too, a few more of the
larger fish continue to show up there after moving out of midrange areas
that held them throughout the month of June.
Live minnows dabbled on double hook
bottom bumping rigs are working well for summer crappie anglers.
Trolling crankbaits continues to produce too as going back and forth
along the ledge will put you in touch with bass, crappie, catfish and
even a sauger or two.
Some boats are slow trolling long line
jig rigs with moderate success but the fish appear to be in a typical
structure-oriented mode for this period of summer.
Somewhat annoying are the always
hungry yellow bass who seldom fail to strip your bait or attack a jig.
These little rascals are out in force right now and likely on a rampage
due to the increase in mayfly larva activity the last few weeks.
A few white bass are showing up so
keep the rod and reel combo handy, along with some rooster tails and
small spinners and spoons.
Bass anglers continue to find their
best fish on main lake ledges and away from shoreline habitat. Tossing
the big deep diving crankbaits, along with Carolina rigged lizards and
worms, Texas rigged worms in the 9 to 10-inch length, and jig and pig
combos are producing.
Shallow weedbeds and river islands
with blown down trees are still holding fish when you find the schools
of pin minnows. Also worthy of a cast or two are shaded piers and boat
docks where a spinnerbait or worm tossed in there will be met with a
Some topwater action is still underway
from anglers throwing buzzbaits and floating worms or jerk baits,
especially beneath the mayfly hatches.
Mayfiles continue to be part of the
fishing scene as a massive hatch was underway earlier this week across a
large portion of Kentucky Lake. Several anglers were tossing ultralight
and finding assorted species awaiting the arrival of crickets, worms,
and small grub imitations.
Bluegill, bass, redear, catfish,
long-ear and green sunfish, along with an occasional pumpkinseed are
abundant around the mayfly hatches.
Some anglers are night fishing too for
crappie as they attempt to beat the heat.
Catfish have been fair out on the main
river but not much current has worked in favor of the fishermen lately.
That will likely change as the hot days and power demands increase in
the days ahead so watch for improvement in that 25 to 40 foot range on
the edge of the main river channel.
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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.