Bill Lemp from St. Louis MO with guide Andy
2lb 10oz Kentucky Lake crappie October 2015
FALL COLORS PEAKÖKENTUCKY LAKEíS SHORELINES COME ALIVE
Waiting for the shorelines and hillsides around Kentucky Lake to peak
with their awesome autumn display of colors before you plan your next
fishing trip? Wait no longer; the time is at hand.
Catching some fish is almost a bonus. The scenery alone around the lake
is well worth the price of admission.
After a soggy start this weekís weather improved and delivered good
fishing conditions for fall fishermen. Temperatures moderated with daily
highs resting around the 70 degree mark.
Surface temperatures this week hovered around the 64 to 65 degree range.
Water color remains clear across the reservoir.
Lake levels havenít changed much from last week despite some heavy rain
on Tuesday in the aftermath of a wet weekend. A slight rise occurred
early in the week but it was minute and TVAís projection for the weekend
will be 354.8 at Kentucky Dam. Upstream around New Johnsonville the
reservoir is expected to be in the 355 range, which is up a few inches
from last week at this time.
Kentucky Lakeís fall crappie continue to keep anglers off balance. A lot
of small fish have been taken but numbers of bigger crappie---those in
the 10-inch plus range---continue to evade the hooks of fishermen.
A few nice slabs have been taken but the ratio of small fish to keeper
size ones is somewhat out of proportion for most anglers. Kentucky Lake
guide Andy Hicks had a client land a hefty black crappie last week from
the mouth of Big Sandy that tipped the scales at Buchanan Resort bait
shop to the tune of 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
Hicks said the fish came from eight feet of water but the hefty slab was
A few boats are stalking some main lake ledges and finding scattered
fish in the 14 to 18 foot depth range at times but the bulk of fish have
been taken in 6 to 12 foot depths where manmade fish attractors are
producing a few.
Most anglers are vertical fishing jigs and live minnows around the
submerged structures but having to make a lot of stops in order to
accumulate a decent stringer. Still, itís a lot of fun out there to as
catching a lot of fish and tossing several back isnít all bad.
The assault of small yellow bass, commonly referred to as stripers by
most anglers, continues to annoy crappie fishermen attempting to slowly
present a bait around submerged structure. These little critters have an
attitude and will slam a jig or live minnow if it enters their zone.
Some success has been reported by anglers fishing Bobby Garland jigs in
various shad colors around midrange structure. Consistency, however, has
not been in the cards for the lionís share of fall fishermen who are
accustomed to warm days, light winds and hefty catches during late
Bass anglers are also reporting tough times lately as the overall bite
has diminished for some reason. The last couple of weeks have some
veteran anglers struggling to keep a pattern going.
Yet there are always exceptions with an isolated success story or two
from boaters beating the grassbeds or slugging it out around main lake
ledges where humps and some shallow flats have a few bass schooling at
Tossing Rattle-Trap style lures and swim baits have been popular
choices, allowing anglers to cover a lot of water in search of roaming
bass in hot pursuit of shad schools.
A few bass anglers have been hitting the gravel banks in the early
morning and late afternoon hours tossing topwater lure presentations but
action has been mediocre.
The shallow pattern around gravel bars and flats back in larger bays has
been sluggish to develop this fall. And, backs of bays choked with
vegetation usually sees a lot of shad schools luring bass to such
locales but that pattern has been off a bit.
Warm weather will continue for anglers well into next week so nice
conditions await you. Donít let this fall fling pass you by.
Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports
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.