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November 15, 2012
FISHING WEATHER RETURNS
Decent weather has returned this week to the Kentucky Lake
fishing scene and anglers are embracing the warm-up and light winds.
Moderate temperatures are forecast for the weekend with highs expected
to be in the low 60ís with light wind and sunshine.
Crappie anglers have fared well since midweek when the warming trend
began after a cold start on Monday and Tuesday where temps struggled to
reach the upper 40ís a few days. However, things bounced back quickly as
some decent catches were reported the last few days when boaters were
able to venture back out to main lake drop-offs.
Most of the fish are coming from deeper ledges in the main lake area
where depths of 17 to 21 feet were producing decent numbers of fish. The
crappie are relating to structure on the deep sides of the drop-off most
days and seemed to have pulled out of midrange stakebeds and brushpiles
the last week or ten days.
Jigs are working well but some anglers are using bottom bumping rigs
armed with live shiner minnows at times too. Popular colored jig skirts
have range from blue/chartreuse to dark green/chartreuse, red/white, and
purple/green combos just to name a few.
Surface temperatures this week cooled slightly into the 53 to 55 degree
range. Water color remains clear as not much rain has fallen in the
Lake levels are up slightly from last week and hovering around the 355.6
range at Kentucky Dam. Forecasts for the New Johnsonville area for the
weekend will be 355.5. Those readings are up a foot to 18-inches from
two weeks ago when TVA pulled the reservoir down to winter pool for a
week or so.
It is somewhat surprising that lake levels have increased lately as very
little rain has fallen across the TVA valley.
Bass anglers continue to fish a grass pattern with spinnerbaits and
Rattle Traps at times while others are tossing crankbaits around gravel
banks and rocky points. Shallow roadbeds and boathouses have also given
up some bass lately.
There are a few boats working drop-offs with big crankbaits, Carolina
rigged crawfish, and some Texas rigged worms at times. A few smallmouth
have shown up at times for anglers casting grubs and crankbaits on the
Tennessee River portion.
Some schooling fish had been showing up around shallow sandbars at times
before the cool snap earlier this week. That pattern could resume later
this week when warmer conditions and light winds return.
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.