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October 8, 2009
Fall fishing this past week on Kentucky Lake had a
variety of weather patterns at a time when stability is the norm. Yet
anglers battled cool fronts, thunderstorms, and several days of high
winds that played havoc with anglersí intentions as to bass and crappie
Lake levels did some changing at midweek when heavy rains delivered some
runoff and caused the reservoir to rise a few inches. However, TVAís
forecast going into the weekend shows a slow fall resuming.
Presently, elevation at Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville is in the
355.5 range, which is down a few inches from last week at this time.
Water color has some stain in the Tennessee River portion while most of
the Big Sandy is relatively clear.
Surface temps this week have been in the 68 to 71 degree range.
Bass action has held up well this week despite some windy days that
hampered anglers attempting to fish open water flats and grass beds.
Some good stringers were taken off gravel banks and points where anglers
were tossing shad colored crankbaits. Popular choices have been Banditís
Tennessee Shad, Root Beer, and black/chartreuse.
Chrome colored Rattle Traps and Bomberís Long A along with Smithwickís
suspending Rogue have been some other choices that mimic the shad
Surface action improved along gravel banks and shallow grassbeds this
week as fish showed more interest in busting surface schools of shad
around grass while the late afternoon and early morning midge hatch was
attraction attention as well.
Pitching jigs and crawfish around boat docks and piers have also
produced lately as have rip-rap rock levees and roadbeds. Shallow
running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and some Carolina rigged craws and
lizards are producing along sloping gravel points.
A few scattered smallmouth were taken this week from deeper ledges and
sloping gravel banks along the Tennessee River where anglers were
tossing swim baits and curly tail grubs.
Current was present earlier in the week as TVA was pulling a lot of
water through Kentucky Dam but that has diminished the last few days.
Shallow flats are appealing to some schooling bass and the gulls will
help you find those schools of baitfish activity.
Crappie action slowed some this week, due in part to high winds that
limited access to many open water areas. Fish seemed more finicky and
scattered compared to last week and overall numbers were down.
If weather stabilizes soon look for activity to increase in the midrange
to shallow zones. Depths of 9 to 13 feet have produced a few fish this
week but not many fish are relating to structure in shallow venues.
Anglers working the deeper ledges in Big Sandy have scored more
consistent catches the last few days. Dunking jigs along the submerged
brush in depths of 12 to 15 feet have produced and a few fish are even
Jigs tipped with minnows seemed to work best at midweek while some
anglers were using minnows only on double hook tight line bottom bumping
Color variations in the black/chartreuse, blue/pearl, chartreuse with
red glitter, and clear with silver sparkle have been a few popular
choices. Tipping with Berkley Power Bait has helped too.
Hopefully normal fall weather will enter the fishing scene this week
with some light and variable winds, cool mornings and mild temps for the
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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.