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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
July 8th, 2005
Anglers are still finding those summer fishing trips on Kentucky
Lake well worth the effort as catfish, crappie, and bass continue to
bite. And, a few white bass and rockfish are showing up as well.
Surface temperatures are in the 83 to 86 degree range. Lake levels
have been stable this past week, lingering around the summer pool mark
of 359 throughout the Paris Landing area. TVA will begin its annual draw
down in the days ahead so expect to see a slow fall in lake stages in
the weeks ahead.
Watercolor remains clear throughout the reservoir, despite a few
Bass action has been fair this week with some larger fish relating
to the main lake ledges in 8 to 14 foot zones. Some fish are moving off
to the deeper side of the ledges when current is a factor.
There still some bass chasing minnows around shallow weedbeds and
river islands where blowdowns are holding baitfish. Spinnerbaits and
Texas rigged worms have worked in shallow areas with some topwater
producing in the early mornings and late afternoons.
Big deep diving crankbaits in the Tennessee Shad and chrome and blue
color combinations have produced some fish too.
Crappie are hitting pretty good for those anglers working the main
lake ledges. Productive depths have been 17 to 24 feet with a few
scattered fish up in the 14 to 17 foot zones.
Minnows fished on bottom bumping rigs are working well.
Catfish action improved this week and should hold up well in the
weeks ahead as TVA pulls current. The edge of the main river channel is
holding some decent fish around the 25 to 25 foot depth range.
Baits of choice have been catalpa worms, chicken liver, leeches, and
A few white bass and stripers are showing up along the edge of the
main river where anglers casting spinners or trolling crankbaits are
finding a few. Some sauger are in the same areas too.
Another mayfly hatch will likely occur in the weeks ahead. And, a
few anglers report decent action from white bass during night fishing
trips. You can beat the heat that way too.
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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.