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May 28th, 2009
NORMAL LAKE LEVELS RETURN...BLUEGILL ACTION GOOD AS
CRAPPIE IMPROVES...BASS GOOD IN GRASS/BUSHES AND BACKING OUT TO LEDGES
Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has been a good one this week as bedding
bluegill and shellcracker are still showing signs of active spawning and
hitting good. Big numbers of these powerful panfish have been taken by
anglers fishing crickets and wax worms.
Crappie are rebounding and main lake ledges are producing better each
week as the falling lake levels and warmer conditions are favoring the
drop-offs and deeper manmade fish attractors.
Depths of 18 to 22 feet have given up decent numbers of crappie all
week. Also the deeper stakebeds out on the main lake in 11 to 14 feet
are holding fish too as anglers vertical fish jigs tipped with minnows
and Berkley power bait.
Other techniques producing have been trolling crankbaits and long lining
jigs along with slow trolling spider rigs.
June is about to chase May off the calendar and the coming weeks offer
some good crappie fishing that is overlooked and underrated by most
anglers. The stability of weather and lake levels team up to offer great
fishing conditions and the crappie are in the mood more so than back
when high water and cold fronts were influencing the fishing scene.
Bass fishing is holding up to its reputation with some hefty stringers
being caught. Most tournament wins are taking five fish limits in excess
of 22 to 23 pounds.
Drop-offs are giving up good fish now and those Texas rigged worms, jig
and pig combos, Carolina rigged lizards, and deep diving crankbaits are
the ticket for deep water.
Still, some decent fish are lingering around buck bushes and river
island blow downs and grassbeds. Finding some dingy water has worked
well for a few anglers tossing spinnerbaits too around submerged grass.
Buzzbaits and assorted jerk baits and floating worms are still working
too in shallow venues. There is a ton of small fry schools out there
that should start appealing to bass in the near future too so keep an
eye on those treelaps and grassbeds as these minnows get bigger and
appeal to the bigger bass.
Good numbers of bass are still roaming the shoreline habitat and along
river islands but it appears some of the larger fish are now relating to
Catfishing has been good along the rocky banks and shoreline fishermen
have done well using nightcrawlers, liver, and leeches. Some pontoons
are jug fishing in midrange depths and finding fish back in the bays as
the wind drifts the jugs around.
Lake levels are holding around the summer pool mark at both Kentucky Dam
and New Johnsonville and throughout the Paris Landing area. Presently
elevation is 359.1 at Kentucky Dam and 358.9 at New Johnsonville.
Anglers can expect relatively stable elevation in the week ahead.
Surface temps are in the 73 to 76 degree range. Water color is dingy
much of the main Tennessee River area and up Big Sandy while elsewhere
water is clearing.
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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.