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July 30, 2009
Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has seen normal temps
return and typical mid-summer pattern underway
Lake levels have fluctuated some due to some thunderstorms and heavy
rains in the area that delivered some runoff.
Currently lake levels are in the 357.8 range at Kentucky Dam. Upstream
at New Johnsonville the elevation is in the 357.7 range.
Surface temps are in the 84 to 87 degree range. Water color is clear in
the main portion of the Big Sandy with some stain in the upper end
around Country Junction. Over on the Tennessee River some dingy water is
present but sporting a good color for fishing.
A few catfishermen are stalking the main river channel break around the
Paris Landing area and landing some good ones around the bridge piers. A
few boats have been fishing the area down around Leatherwood and having
luck as well while using chicken liver, night crawlers, and some large
Crappie have been a bit scattered for anglers attempting to find fish on
deep ledges but a few are showing up along that 20 to 25 foot depth
range. Finding those deep stumps or submerged treetops will put you in
touch with some deep summer crappie.
Not to be overlooked are some deeper brush piles and stakebeds in the 14
foot zones where some scattered crappie continue to bite jigs and jigs
tipped with minnows.
A few boats were trolling crankbaits along main lake ledges and picking
up a mixture of crappie, white bass, catfish and an occasional sauger,
not to mention a good largemouth bass now and then.
Bass have been taken this week by anglers beating the shallow grass and
various aquatic vegetation with buzzbaits, weedless frogs, and floating
worms. There are some pin minnows hanging around grassbeds and where you
find some minnows you’ll find bass.
Deeper patterns continue to produce and the typical summer pattern is
stalking the ledges with Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigged worms and
lizards, a jig and pig combo or big deep diving shad colored crankbaits.
Current is often a factor but it has been inconsistent this past week.
Some night fishing has been underway by bass anglers tossing
spinnerbaits along sloping gravel points and some rip-rap.
Not much going on in the white bass department as surface activity has
been scarce. A few boats are fishing under lights and attracting both
crappie and white bass at times but those mid summer mayfly hatches have
been scarce as well.
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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.