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June 12th, 2009
JUNE FISHING SCENE HOLDS UP WELL
Hefty stringers of crappie are coming in. Big bass
stories are abundant. Mayflies are about to hatch and bluegill and
catfish are hitting too. Say hello to this late spring and early summer
From the Kentucky Lake fishing scene come continued success stories. It
has been a good week thanks to nice weather and normal lake levels with
cooperation from the wind.
Water levels this week are up slightly compared to last week at this
time with elevation at Kentucky Dam resting in the 359.5 range. Upstream
at New Johnsonville the elevation was around 359.2 and falling slowly.
Surface temps have been in the 79 to 83 degree range. Water color
remains clear across most of the reservoir with some isolated pockets of
stain from wind and wave action.
June crappie fishing continues to hold up well as some dandy stringers
have been taken by anglers working main lake ledges and midrange fish
attractors. Both the quality and quantity of crappie has been
Productive depth ranges have been 18 to 25 feet out on the main lake
drop-offs where fish are favoring the deep side of the ledges where
structure is located. Some anglers are tightlining jigs while others are
using bottom bumping rigs with a double hook presentation loaded with
minnows or a jig and minnow combo.
Trolling crankbaits along main lake ledges and flats is also a popular
technique this time of year. You’ll likely encounter everything from
sauger to catfish in-between several crappie and bass bites.
Midrange stakebeds and brushpiles are also holding fish in that 12 to 15
foot depth range. Some fish are still lingering in that late spring
pattern and have not moved deep just yet.
There are some good size slabs mixed in with schools of smaller fish out
there right now and you can have a lot of fish catching fun even if you
have to toss some back now and then.
Bluegill action has been fair as the fish back off spawning beds and
await the arrival of mayfly hatches out on the main lake. Some nice
bluegill are still being taken around rock banks and boathouses.
Catfish are gradually moving out to deeper water but some were caught
this week over midrange flats by anglers drifting jugs baited with large
minnows, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver. A few anglers are still
fishing rock bluffs and landing some scattered fish.
Bass are still on a biting spree and some of the bigger fish are coming
from main lake ledges where anglers are tossing big crankbaits and
Carolina rigged worms and lizards. Some big swim baits are working too
as are large spoons.
Texas rigged worms are working as are some jig and pig combos worked
along ledges. Popular colors have been green pumpkin pepper, red shad,
black and blue, and cotton candy just to name a few.
Patches of grass continue to hold a lot of bass and even some shallow
backwater bays are producing. Working topwater over the grassbeds has
worked well as those floating worms and assorted jerk baits are deadly
as are some weedless frogs and rats.
Spinnerbaits and rattletraps are working around milfoil grass on the
parameters of river islands too.
Bass fishing is good and other patterns developing are those blowdown
trees and grassbeds where pin minnows are now holding and attracting
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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.