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October 28, 2009
Fall fishing continues to deliver a variety of weather
to Kentucky Lake anglers but this week saw moderate temperatures return.
There has been a mixture of rainy days in-between some warm and sunny
Lake levels have been falling slowly all week, despite some heavy rains
in the area. TVA has been pulling a lot of water through Kentucky Dam,
which continues to create storage capacity here in the reservoir.
Elevation is 355.4 at New Johnsonville. At Kentucky Dam lake levels are
in the 355.2 range. Look for stability or even a slight rise in lake
stages going into the weekend.
Surface temps have not cooled much since last week at this time and
remain in the 59 to 62 degree range. Some mornings surface temps have
started out at 59 degree but quickly rebounded in to the low 60ís each
Water color remains clear throughout most of the area with only a slight
stain in the main Tennessee River. Some dingy water was present in the
upper ends of creeks at midweek after heavy rains on Tuesday.
Crappie have been hitting pretty good on the rainy, cloudy days when the
wind subsided and allowed anglers to fish the areas of their choice.
Still, most are reporting scattered results with a few decent stringers
taken from deep water.
Fish have been somewhat finicky with very light bites at times.
Depths of 17 to 20 feet continue to give up some good size fish and
anglers are using a combination of jigs and minnows to catch them on the
deep drop-offs. Falling lake levels and surface temps still lingering in
the low 60ís are likely working in favor of the deep areas.
At the same time some scattered fish are relating to stakebeds and
brushpiles in midrange depths of 7 to 13 feet. Anglers vertical fishing
jigs over manmade structure are finding a few fish but having to make a
lot of stops as the fish are just not concentrated much in midrange
Popular jig colors have been red/white, red/chartreuse, blue/pearl, and
pink/chartreuse just to name a few. Tipping jigs with white or
chartreuse Berkley Power Bait seems to stimulate bites.
Bass action has been good this week and those cloudy days with rain have
seen fish move shallow. Several fish are running shad on shallow flats
and sloping points where some surface action is taking place.
Gravel banks and rock points continue to produce. Tossing shad colored
crankbaits is still working well.
A few anglers are flipping jigs and crawfish imitations around boat
docks and piers with some success, especially on sunny days.
With lower lake levels several crappie beds and other exposed structure
has been appealing to anglers throwing spinnerbaits and shallow running
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