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Steve McCadams'
Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
December 2nd, 2005

    Kentucky Lake elevation at New Johnsonville this weekend will be 355 while downstream at Kentucky Dam lake levels are slightly higher at 355.2. The reservoir is up slightly from last week at this time.

    Watercolor is stained in much of the Tennessee River and its bays since some wind and rain earlier this week.

    Surface temperatures were in the 46 to 51 degree range.

    Anglers have had to negotiate a lot of wind this week as approaching cold fronts and some thunderstorm have whipped up the open water.

    Crappie have been hitting good in 9 to 13 foot zones and still hanging on to a fall pattern where midrange depths holding structure are appealing to the fish. Some anglers are reporting improvement in deeper areas as a few fish move to main lake ledges. Popular depth zones in the main lake have been 17 to 21 feet.

    Live minnows and jigs are still producing.

    Bass fishermen are finding a few smallmouth on gravel points and rip-rap banks. Some were also caught as anglers worked sloping sandbars at the mouth of large bays that emptied into the main river.

    Several largemouth and spotted bass were taking chrome colored rattletraps, Tennessee Shad and chartreuse and black crankbaits worked slowly along rocky banks and gravel points.

    Jig and pig combos where accounting for a few fish as were Carolina rigged worms and lizards fished on sloping points.

    Grassbeds in the backs of bays and along the mouth were holding some bass and anglers working spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms were finding a few fish.

    The cooler weather and high winds have curtailed activity since last weekend, however.

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Steve McCadams
 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.
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