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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
October 7th, 2005
Kentucky Lake anglers have had a dose of both summer and fall in the
Fall fishing is alive and well. It appears the cool spell now upon
us has chased away summer but not before some near record high
temperatures greeted anglers earlier this week.
Last weekís cool spell was short in duration but it had an impact on
fishing as surface temperatures cooled some and several bass and crappie
However, falling lake levels teamed with hot weather and many
crappie moved back out to make lake ledges for a few days. The fish
always manage to keep me humble as my milk run of midrange stakebeds and
brushpiles that produced well for a week or so seemed to slow down.
After a few unwelcomed greetings by the crappie I had to fall back
to deeper ledges earlier in the week where fish hit pretty good in
depths of 14 to 20 feet. Submerged stumps and brush on the drop-offs
were giving up a lot of fish for a few days.
Thereís still a lot of small fish hitting but a few good ones are
mixed in. Expect to measure a lot of fish, as a large portion is right
on the threshold of the 10-inch minimum length limit.
With cooler weather returning look for an improvement in the shallow
zones as fish return to that 6 to 12 foot depth range this next week.
Lake levels have pretty much stabilized this week, resting at the
355 mark across much of the reservoir. At New Johnsonville the
projection is for 354.9 going into the weekend.
Surface temperatures climbed back to the 81 to 83 range at midweek
but look for lower readings around the 76-78 degree range by this
Watercolor has been stained along the Tennessee River but quite
clear throughout Big Sandy.
Bass action continues to hold up well for a lot of anglers working
shallow water patterns. Several fish are taking an assortment of
topwater lures ranging from buzzbaits to jerk baits such as Rebelís
Pop-R and Stormís Chugg-bug.
Spinnerbaits around docks, shallow logs and stumps have produced
too, as have shallow running shad colored crankbaits around grassbeds.
Some smallmouth are showing up as anglers toss jigs, crankbaits, and
finesse baits around main lake points and rock bluffs.
Low lake levels are normal during the fall and winter months so be
careful out there and pay attention to channel markers. Taking those
shortcuts across open water will introduce you to hidden dangers.
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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.