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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
August 13, 2009

This week’s Kentucky Lake fishing report has seen the return of summer weather with temps climbing back into the low to mid 90’s. Despite the warming trend anglers are still finding fish and a few days the cloud cover and a light breeze teamed to make it pretty nice out there.

Lake levels continue to fall slowly under the TVA curve for winter drawdown as the reservoir is drawn down through November to create more storage capacity for fall and winter rains.

Presently elevation at Kentucky Dam is in the 357.4 range. Upstream at New Johnsonville Steam Plant lake levels are slightly lower with readings in the 357.3 range. Those readings reflect a slight decline in lake levels compared to last week at this time.

Water color is showing a slight stain in the Tennessee River and up Big Sandy but clear elsewhere.

Surface temps this week are starting out around 83 degrees in the early morning hours and warming to the 88 to 90 degree range at midday.

Bass are still relating to main lake ledges where anglers are tossing a combination of big deep diving shad colored crankbaits such as Bomber’s Fat Free Shad, Strikeking’s Sexy Shad, and Norman’s Deep N. just to name a few.

Carolina rigged worms and lizards are still popular as well with Zoom’s Brush Hog in the green pumpkin pepper, watermelon, and red shad comprising some of the popular color choices.

Texas rigged worms are working too as those nine to ten inch worms are popular in red shad, pumpkin pepper, and even cotton candy colors.

A lot of smaller fish are hitting even on the deeper sandbars and humps as the larger fish have been finicky as of late.

Some shallow activity is still underway as anglers cast spinnerbaits, and various topwater presentations around visible grassbeds. However, the milfoil grass in those shallow flats and island rims has dwindled this summer and that has confused many fishermen.

Crappie have been fair in the early morning and late afternoon hours but show at midday as that high sun seemed to shut down the bite.

A few scattered white bass were showing up but not enough to keep anglers attention as to surface activity. The summer white bass bite was once the most popular type of fishing here during August but that has changed dramatically over the years as white bass numbers have dwindled.

Night fishing reports by anglers trying to beat the heat have not revealed much in the way of white bass either but a few largemouth and smallmouth have been taken along sloping rock points.

A few pontoons were slow trolling crankbaits along the edge of the main river channel and finding scattered strikes from catfish, whitebass, and an occasional crappie. Not many sauger were showing up in the creel.

Catfish action has been mediocre at best with a few boats jug fishing out on the main lake and letting their army of baits drift slowly in the wind. Only a small number of boats have been seen working the edge of the main river channel, which is another indication the catfish bite has been off.

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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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