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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 12, 2009
LAKE BASS OFF TO GOOD START…CRAPPIE ON UPSWING
By Steve McCadams
Bass action continues to hold up quite well for anglers who are landing
some hefty stringers even on the cold and windy days. Crappie responded
to the recent warm spell and showed some interest as well.
After several days of above average temperatures that really made it
feel like spring arrived early a cold front entered the picture at
midweek with some mixed precipitation, reminding anglers to keep the
Even cold days and rain have not dampened the spirits of local bass
fishermen who continue work those gravel banks and rock bluffs with
crawfish colored crankbaits. Seems the largemouth are really on the
gravel pattern and anglers found fish moving up quite shallow earlier
this week in response to the recent warm spell.
A few bassers are tossing jig and pig combos and some suspended Rogue's
in the assorted colors ranging from fire tiger to chrome and black.
Shallow running crankbaits are working well in shad colors and crawfish
imitations. Some fish have also taken fluke style worms and a
spinnerbait or two.
Lake levels have been relatively stable this week. Presently, elevation
at Kentucky Dam is 355.1. Upstream at New Johnsonville the reading is
354.8. Water color is clear in the main lake with some dingy water on
points where winds have whipped up shallow areas.
Surface temps climbed earlier this week after several days of back to
back warm weather. Some areas were in the 50 to 52 degree range at times
but watch for that to fall back a few degrees by this weekend as cold
Crappie improved this week with a variety of reports coming in with fish
taken in a wide range of depths. Up West Sandy crappie were hitting good
earlier this week in the 7 to 11 foot depths and some fish were taken in
5 to 7 foot depths.
Anglers there were slow trolling spider rigs or long lining jigs drifted
over flats and structure. Up around the mouth of Big Sandy near Mansard
Island and up toward Paris Landing a few crappie were taken in midrange
depths where stakebeds and brush were located. However, the better grade
of fish seemed to be lingering in the main lake where drop-offs were
giving up fish from the 18 to 24 foot depth range.
Jigs were producing a lot of fish as were live minnows. The tightline
technique of bottom bumping rigs was working but so were just jigs
fished around the structure. Popular colors ranged from brown/chartreuse
with glitter to red/chartreuse, purple/green and some pearl and gray.
Although the cold front may bring a short hiatus to this week's bite
watch for action to resume quickly as conditions are expected to
moderate by early next week.
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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.