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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
July 23, 2009


Was that fall trying to slip in the door this week smack dab in the middle of July? It sure felt like it.

Weather topped the conversation among fishermen this week that dug out some long sleeve shirt on several mornings and had to adapt somewhat to a change in conditions.

According to the National Weather Service two nights either tied or set record lows in the area as temps dipped down in the upper 50ís.

No one has complained and the low humidity teamed with cooler temps to change the pattern somewhat on bass who responded to the cool spell with a surge toward shallow areas of aquatic vegetation and wood structure in the backs of bays.

Lake levels have changed some this week and actually rose some due to heavy rains to our south that saw a surge of runoff water enter the reservoir. However, TVA has been releasing water and resumed its gradual drawdown.

At Kentucky Dam the elevation is 358.3. Upstream at New Johnsonville TVA predicts an elevation of 358 going into the weekend.

Water color is stained around the Birdsong/New Johnsonville area due to thunderstorms earlier in the week while clearer conditions are the norm around Paris Landing and the Big Sandy basin.

Surface temps fell this week courtesy of the cool spell and are now in the 83 to 86 degree range. Watch for a gradual warming trend in the week ahead.

Shallow water bass patterns paid off this week for anglers tossing white/chartreuse spinnerbaits in the backs of bays around visible crappie beds, logs, or submerged grass. Shallow running crankbaits in shad colors, along with floating worms and Texas rigged works produced too.

Dingy water in the upper ends of bays helped provide a comfort zone for bass running shad around shallow cover and the cooler conditions stimulated the bite there.

Some fish were still lingering on main lake ledges where Carolina rigged worms and big deep diving crankbaits, along with jig and pig combos, were accounting for a few fish but the cooling trend seemed to pull fish toward shallow areas this week.

Crappie perked up some too as action picked up in 13 to 15 foot zones where stumps and stakebeds seemed to show more appeal this week than last week at this time. Anglers working the submerged midrange cover were taking fish on both minnows and jigs tipped with minnows.

Main lake ledges were producing scattered bites but some fish were relating to structure in the 18 to 24 foot zones.

A few scattered jumps of white bass have been seen but action has been inconsistent along the main lake ledges.

Catfish action was mediocre for a few boats working the main river bank and bouncing bottom in 25 to 35 foot zones. Nightcrawlers and chicken liver were producing a few fish. There has been some current in the last few days which should help the catfish bite.

Mayfly hatches continue to be sparse. A few flies have been seen during late afternoon hours but anglers continued to be surprise by the lack of big hatches that normally occur around thunderstorm periods this time of year

This July fishing scene has been quite unusual and last week make it feel like fall was ahead of schedule

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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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