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October 21, 2009

 Autumn angling continues to deliver a potpourri of weather patterns that have kept most fishermen off balance. From last week’s cold fronts and nasty north winds to this week’s cool, windy and wet conditions it has been unpredictable on Kentucky Lake.

Bass and crappie anglers have been struggling at times to put patterns together that produced for more than just one outing. The fish have been playing hide-and-go-seek at times.

Currently, lake levels are falling slowly after a slight rise earlier in the week. Elevation at Kentucky Dam is 356.3. Upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels are in the 356.4 range.

Surface temps have cooled some since last week but are still residing in the 59 to 62 degree range. Water color is mostly clear throughout the reservoir.

Crappie continue to hold on to a finicky mood, a scenario that has plagued many shallow water anglers who normally find fall fish playing their game. While a few fish have been taken this week in the 7 to 10 foot zone most fish are relating to deeper areas.

Even the deep water drop-offs have been challenging as anglers working the ledges have found a few good size fish out there but quite scattered. It has been tough to catch big numbers of fish in both deep and shallow water lately for most folks.

Depths of 19 to 22 feet were harboring some slabs that showed a little interest in double hook bottom bumping rigs and jigs tight lined around structure. However, the windy days have made it tough to work those areas.

Seems the fish are just not concentrated and it has pretty much been a one-here, one-there pattern.

Popular jig colors have been red/white, blue/chartreuse, and some blue/pearl just to name a few.

Bass anglers were finding several small fish in a variety of patterns ranging from the popular gravel banks to some shallow flats where fish were schooling in open water areas and pushing schools of shad to the surface.

Tossing shallow running shad colored crankbaits, swim baits, and some topwater jerk baits have been producing strikes around the schooling fish.

Still, not too many limits have been taken lately as the bigger fish are evading even veteran tournament anglers.

Crankbaits are still working well on big rock points and gravel banks. Some sloping points and humps are still producing bass too and anglers are casting Carolina rigs and big crankbaits on main lake ledges and still finding fish there.

Flipping and pitching jigs or crawfish around boat docks and piers is another pattern that’s worked. Playing the current around bridge piers and rip-rap levees is yet another angle some are using.

Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and floating worms cast around shallow grassbeds continues to produce as well.

Anglers are still hoping the series of windy, cool days fades away to normal fall weather soon.

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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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