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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
November 21st, 2003
Fishing on Kentucky Lake this week has had a mixture of weather
conditions ranging from warm and beautiful to cool and windy. Itís that
time of year for anglers, however, as changing weather is all part of
the fishing forecast in late fall and early winter.
Kentucky Lake has been rising slowly the last few days due to recent
rains throughout the TVA valley. Observed lake elevation in the Paris
Landing area was 355.2, which is up several inches from last week at
Similar lake levels were recorded south at New Johnsonville.
However, no drastic increases in lake stages were predicted by TVA for
the next few days yet itís likely some increase in lake levels will
occur as there was a lot of rain south us.
Surface temperatures were holding in the 54 to 59 degree range this
week. Since the heavy rains early this week there is more dingy water in
the creeks and bays due to runoff and high winds.
Crappie action has been good in deeper venues as some nice stringers
were taken in Big Sandy and along some large bays on the Tennessee
River. Depths of 17 to 23 feet were producing this week as anglers slow
trolled jigs and minnows along ledges.
Jigs in the purple and chartreuse were producing, as were blue and
white and some chartreuse with red metal flake. Some anglers are tipping
jigs with minnows and also applying Berkley power bait to entice more
Other anglers are still finding fish around submerged stumps as they
tightline double-hook bottom bumping rigs baited with live shiner
minnows. Probing the structure has paid off this week as many fish hold
around ledges and favor the deep side.
There are still some fish coming from brushpiles and stakebeds on
the main lake flats in depths of 8 to 13 feet too. Some anglers are
still catching fish with a vertical jig presentation right down in the
Bass action is still holding up as anglers continue finding fish on
sloping ledges and gravel points.
A variety of lures have been paying off ranging from Carolina rigged
worms to slow moving crankbaits and hair jigs. Some smallmouth are
showing up too, along with largemouth and spotted bass.
Watch for some increase in current this week as TVA flushes a lot of
the rainwater through the reservoir.
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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.