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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
September 29th, 2006
SEE-SAWING LAKE LEVELS CHALLENGE ANGLERS…STABILITY ON THE WAY
Kentucky Lake has seen some
changes this week in lake levels in the aftermath of heavy rains. Last
weekend’s thunderstorms really drenched the area and runoff caused the
reservoir to rise almost two feet in a short period of time.
Now anglers are seeing a
quick drawdown as TVA pulls the plug and really spills water through
Kentucky Dam. A lot of current is present in the Tennessee River and
forecasted elevation going into the weekend will be 355 at Kentucky Dam
and 355.2 upstream at New Johnsonville.
Those readings are down
about two feet from earlier in the week. September is normally a stable
month here as to weather and lake levels but fishermen have encountered
a see-saw this week as to the up and down water conditions.
Anglers can expect to see
the lower lake levels going into next week as TVA brings the reservoir
back down to its winter drawdown curve, which creates more storage
capacity for Kentucky Lake when heavy rains occur.
Surface temperatures are
in the 71 to 74 degree range. Some dingy water has been present in a lot
of bays and along the main river this week. The mouth of Big Sandy and
up around the TVA power lines near Mansard Island remained relatively
With falling lake levels
underway watch for most of the dingy water to leave the shallow bays
this next week.
Bass anglers have faced
some stubborn bass this week as the bite has been sluggish. The slow
down is likely due in part to the changing lake levels and
thunderstorms. A high pressure earlier this week delivered several
bluebird days too.
Grass beds were giving up
some fish at midweek where anglers tossed Carolina rigs and Texas rigged
worms on the outside of thick grass. Popular colors were green pumpkin
pepper, June bug, and sand and pepper.
Although the topwater
bite was off for a few days in the shallow grass and along gravel banks,
watch for action to resume next week as cooler temperatures are in the
forecast and lake levels will likely stabilize this weekend.
Some fish are still
lingering on main lake ledges and on drop-offs inside big bays. Working
jig and pig combos has produced a few strikes as have Carolina rigged
lizards, and big crankbaits.
Slow rolling spinnerbaits
on the outer edge of grass beds has also produced some fish as have
rattle traps and shallow running crankbaits.
Shad have been showing up
some on shallow sandbars where white bass and largemouth are running
them but not much activity along the pea gravel shorelines this week as
the topwater bite there has been off.
That could improve this
next week as surface temperatures cool. Also, shad colored crankbaits
around piers, boat houses, roadbeds, and big chunk rock will likely
yield some strikes.
Crappie have been
somewhat scattered this week in the midrange structure but appear to
have backed off some into deeper water. After a couple of mediocre
mornings in the 8 to 12 foot stakebeds and brushpiles I backed off to
main lake ledges and worked the deep side of the drop-offs.
Action improved as we
worked jigs and live minnows around deep stumps and brush residing in
the 19 to 23 foot zone. Some pretty good ones were mixed in there too
but why the fish backed off into deeper areas is somewhat puzzling.
Watch for action to
continue in the deep areas for a few days but by early next week the
cooler surface temperatures and stable lake levels could see crappie
return to midrange depths.
Catfish action improved
this week thanks to the increased current along the main river channel.
Anglers were finding fish in the 20 to 35 foot zone.
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