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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
September 5th, 2003
Anglers have enjoyed some cooler conditions this week as rain and
cloud cover have dominated the fishing scene. Since Labor Day anglers
have had good fishing conditions with overcast skies blocking some of
the hot sun.
There has been an unusual amount of rain over the last few weeks
here on Kentucky Lake at a time when itís normally hot and dry. But
anglers are not complaining.
Observed lake elevation at Kentucky Dam this weekend is expected to
be in the 357 range. New Johnsonville will also be in the 357 range.
Surface temperatures are in the 85 to 88 degree range. There is some
stain due to the recent runoff from heavy rains. Dingy water is present
in most of the upper ends of bays and creeks but the main lake is still
Crappie continue to hit good. Most of the fish were relating to the
deep sides of main lake ledges this week with depths of 18 to 22 feet
producing. However, during some of the cloudy days a few fish were
residing in deep stake beds and brushpiles in the 13 to 15 foot zones.
Live minnows and jigs tipped with minnows were working best.
Bass action was good this week as anglers found increased activity
on the main lake ledges. Some fish were taken in shallow areas around
rock levees and roadbeds but most of the larger fish were holding on
Carolina rigged worms and lizards, along with big deep diving
crankbaits were producing.
Some fish were taken on shallow running crankbaits and topwater
around visible grassbeds.
Catfish action was good along the main river channel. Some anglers
were finding action while jug fishing and trotlining. Seems the fish
were suspended for many anglers who found success using nightcrawlers
White bass action is still slower than normal with very few jumps
Look for slightly rising lake levels this next week due to all the
rain here and upstream. Fall fishing patterns are about to get underway
so watch for improvement in the bass and crappie department in the weeks
ahead, especially in the shallow areas.
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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.