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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
August 7, 2009

Kentucky Lake anglers are finding a few scattered crappie continuing to bite along make lake ledges and bass action has held up pretty good too this past week.

Thunderstorms and some heavy rains entered the picture earlier this week, along with some gusty winds that diminished fishing activity or a day or two but anglers bounced back fast as summer weather resumed.

Lake levels were stable earlier in the week after a lot of runoff from thunderstorms entered the TVA system but a gradual fall in lake levels has now returned.

Presently, the elevation at both Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville is in the 357.7 range. TVA has been discharging a lot of water this week and current has been consistent in the main river for several days.

Surface temps are resting in the 86 to 88 degree range and up slightly from last week at this time. Water color is clear in the mouth of Big Sandy but showing some stain in the main Tennessee River. Elsewhere, dingy water was present in the upper basin of Big Sandy and in some bays on the Tennessee River where feeder creeks delivered a lot of flood water at midweek in the aftermath of storms.

Crappie seemed to perk up some this week and were biting in the 18 to 24 foot range on minnows and jigs. On cloudy days a few fish were showing interest around deep stakebeds and brushpiles in 14 to 15 foot zones.

Bass were hitting good around shallow vegetation in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Anglers were tossing spinnerbaits and floating worms, along with assorted jerk baits to produce strikes around submerged grass and lily pads.

Deep ledges out in the main lake were still producing some big fish as Texas rigged worms, Carolina rigs, and big deep diving crankbaits continued to pay dividends. Some anglers were hopping a jig and pig combo along with slow retrieves on shad colored swim baits.

White bass activity was mediocre at best with a few scattered jumps here and there.

A few anglers were trolling crankbaits along sandbars in the main lake and catching a few white bass, sauger, and crappie.

Catfish action improved some this week as current likely influenced the bite.

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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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