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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
October 27th, 2006
Kentucky Lakeís fall fishing has held
up well this week, despite some weather changes in the form of cold
fronts and high winds. Added to the challenges have been rain too but it
hasnít dampened the spirits of fall fishermen who continue to find bass
and crappie biting.
Lake levels are up slightly from last
week. TVA projections going into the weekend will be 355 at Kentucky
Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels are slightly lower with
projections falling into the 354.8 range.
Surface temperatures cooled this week
and are presently in the 58 to 61 degree range. This was the first time
surface temperatures fell back into the 50ís since late March. Those
cool, frosty mornings last week really put the lingering summer days on
Colors along the shoreline and
hillsides continue to paint a beautiful picture for anglers and boaters
visiting Kentucky Lake. The parade of colors is a nice backdrop to
whatever you whatever you want it to be so get out there an partake of
the scenery while it lasts.
Crappie action continues to hold up to
its good reputation as a sleeper fall fishery. Good numbers of fish have
been taken now for several weeks throughout the Paris Landing sector as
anglers work those midrange depths where stakedbeds and brushpiles are
Popular depths continue to be that 8
to 13 foot zone. Seems the crappie have found a comfort zone in that
depth range where a lot of baitfish are present. Mix structure and
baitfish together and itís a recipe for success.
Popular bait choices have been
1/16-ounce jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Colors choices have been
chartreuse, red, and blue leadheads with a variety of skirt colors
ranging from blue and pearl to motor oil with metal flake. Some
chartreuse and variations of green with metal flake have also produced.
Water color remains quite clear and
the fish have been finicky some days as to their choice of both colors
and size of leadheads.
Action has been best with light winds
had a little chop on the surface whereas some dead calm days saw fish
reluctant to bite. Crappie seemed to respond well on cloudy days too
with some aggressive activity on those early mornings and late
afternoons lately when the bright sun was a factor.
Overall, the fall crappie bite has
been good here. Several year classes of fish are showing up, which is a
good sign for present and future anglers. Expect to measure several fish
which are right on the 10-inch minimum length limit.
Tossing a few back means a good spring
is ahead and there are plenty exceeding the minimum length limit to fill
the cooler. There are a lot of black crappie showing up out there too as
that population continues to increase.
Bass action had a jolt last weekend
for a few anglers while the overall field in the recent Froggy Buddy
Bass Tournament found the bit challenging. It took a five-fish limit
weighing 24 pounds to win the top spot while a 21-pound stringer came in
second. Thatís some hefty weights for fall bass here.
Although some heavy stringers took top
spots with a lunker over 8 pounds winning big fish, most of the field
found the bass bit tough with several teams in the top twenty weighing
in less than a limit and single digit weights.
Crankbaits on rock and gravel banks
have been paying off. Tennessee Shad, bone, and root beer colors have
worked well for deep running cankbaits. Some slow rolling spinnerbaits
around shallow stumps, exposed crappie beds, and grassbeds have produced
strikes as have some topwater lures over shallow grass.
Jigs and pork combos continue to
produce some of the larger stringers as have Carolina rigged lizards.
Some of the larger fish are just off the shoreline, especially
smallmouth which are using those secondary ledges where two depth
extremes are closely located.
Better fall fishing is ahead for both
bass and crappie anglers, especially after cool fronts pass and winds
settle back down to that jacket morning and shirt sleeve afternoon style
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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.