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Steve McCadams'
Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
 October 24th, 2003


    The fishing scene is still a good one for Kentucky Lake anglers. Overall, the weather has been good and light winds have prevailed with mild temperatures. There have been a few windy days but for the most part, fall fishing has held up to its reputation.

    Water levels remain near the winter pool elevation, which is considered low my most boaters and anglersí opinion. Lake levels have been relatively stable this week. Elevation in the Paris Landing area has been around 354.7. Readings were similar at both Kentucky Dam and upstream at New Johnsonville.

    Surface temperatures this week were starting out at 65 degrees in the mornings and warming to near the 70-degree mark in the afternoon.

    Watercolor remains clear throughout most of the Big Sandy River while the Tennessee River portion has a little stain.

    Crappie continue to hit good, although a lot of small fish are still part of the fishing day.

    Many fish have moved into the 6 to 10 foot zones. And, several bays are now holding fish in shallow stumps and brush, especially if the structure is located near deeper water.

    Thereís a multitude of fish in nine to 10-inch size range so keep the measuring device handy. Youíll catch a lot that are just shy of the legal length limit. However, itís still fun and even small fish bring on big grins.

    Some fish continue to linger on make lake ledges in the 13 to 18 foot zones but fish there have been scattered this week. However, youíll still find a good fish out there, although the larger ones are mixed in with the little ones.

    Jigs tipped with minnows have been working best this week. I found a few fish taking just jigs but it was clear the fish preferred either a supplement of minnows or Berkley Power Bait added to the jig.

    Popular colors have been a light green or chartreuse lead head with wither a chartreuse skirt or one with some white. Others producers have been orange or red lead heads with yellow or green and white combo colored skirts.

    Some days Iíve switched colors several times throughout the day in an effort to find whatís appealing. The fish have been finicky at times, showing a defined preference of one color over another while changing their minds at times!

    Stake beds and manmade brush piles are producing a lot of fish in the midrange depths so dunk a few minnows or jigs and youíll find some fish.

    Bass anglers continue to score along rock banks with crankbaits while others are still working ledges with jigs, Carolina rigs, and crankbaits.

    Some smallmouth were showing up from main lake shorelines and ledges, especially on the east side of the lake.

    Spinnerbaits worked around shallow wood have produced as have jigs or worm pitched around boat docks and piers. Shad colored crankbaits such as shallow runners are still working on roadbeds, rip-rap levees, and rock points.

    Some surface action is still underway too, especially on the cloudy days or early morning and late afternoon.

    A few white bass are running minnows on shallow flats back in the bays. You can toss a Rooster Tail spinner and have lots of fun. Watch for the gulls feeding, as they will tell you where the baitfish are.

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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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