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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
January 17th, 2003
Fishing on the local scene has
been a victim of cold and windy weather this week. The open waters of
Kentucky Lake have been white capping due to an approaching cold front
that has seen the mercury dip well below the freezing mark for several
Observed lake elevation in the
Paris Landing area is right at the winter pool mark of 354. The
elevation is pretty much the same upstream at New Johnsonville and down
to Kentucky Dam too.
Watercolor is relatively clear
in most of the main lake, although some stain was present in a few bays
where winds had whipped up the shoreline or points with a mudline.
Some winter crappie anglers are
braving the elements and finding a few fish on the deep ledges of the
main lake. However, both the wind and cold weather have been a factor.
Surface temperatures were falling around the 32 to 34 degree range as
ice had formed in many secondary bays.
Most of the crappie are in the
19 to 24 foot zones as the baitfish have pulled back to deeper water
during the recent cold spell. Look for most of the better fish to remain
there in the weeks ahead too.
Anglers can also water for
another shad kill as many threadfin fall victim to the quick temperature
drops and go into shock. The tiny fish sometimes get caught in shallow
water and when nighttime temperatures fall drastically they are
vulnerable. Threadfin prefer water temperatures no lower then 40-degrees
in most circumstances.
This is the time of the year
when anglers can bounce back quick, however, as picking your days and
watching for warm days is the ticket.
In the sauger department some
anglers are finding fish down near the mouth of Duck River and south to
Pickwick Dam tailrace.
Watch for things to improve
once the cold weather moves out and temperatures moderate.
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