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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
June 3rd, 2009


June fishing on Kentucky Lake continues to produce results for a variety of species that are often overlooked and underrated by many anglers. Truth is, a lot of spring only crappie and bass fishermen would be quite surprised at just how good this June angling is with such attributes as stable lake levels and good weather with light winds.

Some very impressive catches of crappie and bass are coming in, along with some late bedding bluegill and redear, not to mention hefty catfish from the rocky shorelines.

Lake levels have been stable this week are continue to hold around the summer pool elevation of 359 at Kentucky Dam, Paris Landing, and upstream at New Johnsonville.

Surface temps are in the 79 to 83 degree range, which is up a few degrees from last week at this time due to some warm days earlier this week. Cooler conditions now upon us may see a slight decline.

Water color remains clear in Big Sandy and on most of the Tennessee River channel. Not much stained water is present except for the upper end of Big Sandy and along a few river islands where high winds and slight current have stirred up some sediment around visible grassbeds and bushes.

Good stringers of crappie have been taken this week by anglers working the main lake ledges. Most of the fish are coming from the deep sides of dropoffs where structure in the 18 to 25 foot zones is holding good numbers of fish.

A few fish are lingering in the midrange depths of 13 to 15 feet around manmade fish attractors but it appears a lot of fish backed out to deep water. Last week at this time a lot of fish were in the midrange areas and could return there if cooler conditions and cloud cover team up this weekend and early next week.

Live shiner minnows and jigs tipped with minnows are working well on double hook bottom bumping rigs. Popular color combos have been red/chartreuse, pink/chartreuse and some white with glitter.

This June crappie bite is the real deal.

Some late bedding bluegill were still hitting good this week and taking crickets and wax worms. A few shellcracker were biting as well around weedbeds.

Catfish have been hitting around rock levees but are showing signs of heading back out to deeper areas this week. Some good ones have been taken on main lake ledges this week by crappie anglers stalking main lake dropoffs.

Bass fishing is nothing short of fantastic. From shallow grassbeds and bushes to river islands where blowdowns are holding pin minnows; odds are you can find fish on your favorite pattern. Seems thereís a lot of fish roaming a variety of areas and the summer pattern of ledge fishing is also alive and well.

Techniques are ranging from Texas rigged worms and jig and pig combos hopped along main lake ledges to Carolina rigged lizards, swim baits, and big deep diving crankbaits.

Popular colors in worms have been green pumpkin pepper, cotton candy, red shad, black and blue just to name a few.

Crankbait colors have been Strike Kingís sexy shad, Poeís 400 series black/pearl and chartreuse/black and Normanís Tennessee Shad and bone colors just to name a few.

You can find a lot of shallow fish still relating to exposed grassbeds and various aquatics are coming on strong that offer good bass cover. Tossing spinnerbaits, rattle traps, and some topwater jerk baits around the grass has worked well.

A recent example of just how good the bass fishing has been would be the first day of competition during the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament out of Paris Landing. The top thirty-one anglers had a five fish limit that weighed over 20 pounds!

The first day leader---Bobby Lane of Florida---had a limit that weighed 29 pounds, 14 ounces--- and it was anchored by a 7 pound, 15 ounce largemouth! Kevin Van Dam is second with over 28 pounds. The big stringers were abundant and coming from main lake ledges.

Still, if you donít have big bucks on the line and just want to have some fun there are a lot of bass swimming in shallow venues awaiting your arrival.

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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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