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May 28th, 2009


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 the ledges.

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
 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.
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