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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
September 28th, 2007
Fall fishing got a boost this week from some rainy days and cooler
Both crappie and bass action has been good and the weatherman says
cool to moderate temperatures will linger into next week.
Lake levels are down a few inches from last week as TVA continues
its normal drawdown curve toward winter pool, creating more storage
capacity in Kentucky Lake.
Observed elevation at Kentucky Dam is 355.6. Upstream at New
Johnsonville Steam Plant the elevation was 355.5. TVA was predicting
stable lake levels throughout the weekend.
Surface temperatures have cooled slightly since last week and should
continue to fall the next few days as cooler nights and lower humidity
are in the forecast. Readings were in the 75 to 78 degree range at
midweek but will likely fall into the lower 70ís by the weekend.
Water color is clear throughout the main lake but a little stain is
present in upper Big Sandy and the backs of a few bays on the west side
of the reservoir. Most bays on the east side remain clear as they are
gravel fed and a lot of aquatic vegetation is present which acts as a
filter when dingy water enters the upper end of feeder creeks.
Action improved with week for crappie anglers as the fish seemed to
bite good, showing up in good numbers and a variety of sizes.
No doubt the cloudy days helped as several fish moved up into 7 to 9
foot depths. I found good numbers of fish Wednesday in some areas that
were unproductive earlier in the week when high skies and calm winds
were present and fish were finicky.
Shad continue to roam the shallow and midrange areas and it appears
there is an excellent forage base as threadfin are abundant.
There are a lot of crappie in and around the 10-inch minimum length
limit but itís good to see some small fish mixed in with the keeper
size. And, a few good fish in the one-pound plus category are showing up
too but expect to cull several during each outing.
Main lake ledges are producing some fish too as the 15 foot depth
zones were holding fish where brush and stumps were found near
Popular jig colors have been light yellow and brown, chartreuse
variations, light blue with metal flake, and some black and chartreuse
combos. Some days the fish have shown interest in solid pearl and sliver
with metal flake.
Live minnows are also working well and tipping jigs with minnows
will produce. You have to tolerate a few yellow bass and bluegill that
are aggressive and sporting an attitude as they rob your bait now and
then with that short, machine gun style strike.
Bass action is holding its own as the grass patterns continue to
work well for fall fishermen using gold, willow leaf spinnerbaits, Texas
rigged worms, and jerk baits such as flukes and slugo style worms.
A few fish were taking chatter baits and suspending jerk baits on
the outside grasslines as well. Some topwater action was taking place in
the lowlight conditions too.
Gravel banks and rock bluffs continue to give up some good fish too
as crankbaits in shad and chartreuse and white variations have worked
well. Shallow running Bandit and Strike King crankbaits have produced a
lot of fish lately when worked slowly on roadbeds, rock points, and some
A few smallmouth were taking crankbaits and hair jigs worked around
rock bluffs while boat houses and docks were producing some fish for
anglers pitching crawfish and worms around shady areas.
Carolina rigged worms were still working too on sloping points near
deep water as a few smallmouth and spotted bass were showing interest.
Shallow areas such as exposed crappie beds and logs should produce
some fish in the weeks ahead as cooler conditions help the shallow bass
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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.