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November 12, 2010
ANGLERS BENEFIT FROM GREAT WEATHER…CHANGE ON THE WAY
Nice weather has been the norm this week as this November fishing gig on
Kentucky Lake is worthy of pursuit.
Light winds and above average temperatures have hung around for several
days now and anglers are taking advantage of it. Conditions are supposed
to change this weekend but no one can complain after this week’s
Hefty stringers of crappie have been caught this week and bass action
has been good too. Many fishermen continue to overlook the late fall
Temperatures have been in the low to mid 70’s and stable weather has
been in place for anglers who like fishing open water areas or boating
up and down the lake without having to worry about whitecaps.
Surface temps cooled some this week and are now in the 56 to 58 degree
range. Water remains clear as no rain has entered the picture for quite
Stable lake levels continue as the reservoir has been resting near
winter pool elevation. Lake levels at Kentucky Dam are in the 355.1
range. Upstream at New Johnsonville readings are slightly lower at
Crappie showed some improvement this week as numbers increased for
anglers working stakebeds and brushpiles in a variety of depths.
Manmade structure in the 8 to 13 foot depth range was holding some nice
size fish. Average grade was good with a few fish in the 1 ¼ to 1 ½
Jigs tipped with minnows were working well for anglers vertical fishing
around the submerged structure. Live minnows were working too.
Popular color combinations have ranged from blue/chartreuse to motor oil
with gold glitter. The clear water sometimes required dull colors but
some color combos are producing, especially when tipped with various
Deeper ledges in the main lake are giving up some fish too. Depths of 14
to 17 feet were producing some scattered fish in the mouth of Big Sandy.
Bass perked up this week with increased activity around shallow flats
and rocky points. Shad schools were abundant in some shallow flats and
that attracted largemouth and some scattered schools of white bass that
were busting bait on the surface.
Rattle trap style lures in the blue/chrome and Tennessee shad were
appealing to bass that were actively pursuing shad roaming over main
lake flats and the shallow side of drop-offs.
Shad colored jerk baits and crankbaits worked around gravel banks and
rip-rap were working too. Some structure in shallow water was holding
bass and anglers tossing spinnerbaits in the blue/chartreuse with gold
willow leaf blades were fooling a few.
It has been a good week for Kentucky Lake anglers as those light
southwest winds have been a nice replacement for a stubborn October. It
appears cooler temperatures and increasing chances of rain will enter
the picture as this weekend.
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.