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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
October 31st, 2008
Kentucky Lakeís fall fishing scene had a brief
hiatus earlier this week when a cold front descended and made it feel
like winter was here. Brisk northwest winds blew in the door on Monday
and Tuesday, followed by high skies that curtailed the bite for both
bass and crappie for a few days.
Yet conditions began to rebound on Wednesday and by
Thursday southwest winds returned with a significant warm up and off
went the overcoats. Temps were expected to remain in the mid 60ís going
into the weekend and early next week.
Current lake levels in the New Johnsonville area
show the reservoir resting at 355. Downstream at Kentucky Dam lake
levels are in the 355.2 range. Those readings are similar to last week
at this time so stable lake stages continue which is a fall tradition.
Surface temperatures really fell early this week as
those cold nights where the mercury dipped near the freezing mark had an
influence. On Tuesday my temp gauge read 56 degrees at the marina and
rebounded up to 60 at midday.
Since then temps have remained in the mid to upper
50ís, which is down considerably from last week.
Crappie seemed to back off on their bite early this
week as the cold front approached and high winds added insult to injury.
Although the yellow bass and bluegill maintained an appetite around the
9 to 13 foot stakebeds and annoyed jigs, minnows, or any other
presentation dunked in their locale the crappie were quite finicky.
Fish backed off and bites were light and reluctant.
Itís not unusual to see cold fronts and high skies have and adverse
effect and that seemed to be the case. The fish seemed to be lethargic
as even larger fish were barely taking the bait with a ho-hum attitude
Gale winds made it even tougher as the trolling
motor and batteries really got a workout for a few days.
Look for action to resume quickly as warmer temps
and light southwest winds are already here and continue in the forecast
for both the weekend and into next week. That should work in favor of
anglers as crappie will likely improve and resume their good fall bite.
Bass had been running shad on open flats and also up
in some shallow bays where gravel and grass were present. Earlier in the
week that activity slowed too as the bass responded like the crappie and
had a mood swing for a few days.
Several fish were lingering on ledges last week as
water temps were still warm but watch for an improvement in the shallow
areas this week since surface temps have dropped.
Shallow running crankbaits have paid off as have
chrome and blue rattle traps, gold willow leaf spinnerbaits, and some
suspending jerk baits fished around grassbed fragments and gravel banks.
Topwater action should bounce back as well in the
aftermath of the cold front. Working chugger style baits have produced
as have some floating fluke worms.
Water color remains clear in most of the area and
that has worked in favor of surface action.
A few schools of white bass are showing up in
shallow flats and the surface activity can easily be detected by the
presence of gulls who will lead you to the shad and feeding frenzies.
Toss some white rooster tails and youíll encounter
fast action from these aggressive feeders.
Cold fronts in fall are unusual and it appears
warmer days are ahead with stable conditions overall that should favor
fishermen in both the bass and crappie departments.
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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.