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November 22, 2011
Kentucky Lake anglers havenít had much help from the weatherman this
past week as high winds combined with some rainy days to deliver nasty
conditions. However, temperatures have been somewhat above average so
the warm weather has been one footnote to this late fall fishing phase.
Lake levels have been dancing around the 356 range at Kentucky Dam due
to some heavy rains that saw an increase in elevation this past week.
Upstream at New Johnsonville the elevation was 355.8, up several inches
from the previous week due to influence from rain and runoff both
locally and upstream in the TVA valley.
Surface temperatures were ranging around the low to mid 50ís. A little
stain has entered the reservoir from all the runoff and some creeks are
dingy but not muddy while most of the main lake areas are clear.
A few bass have been caught by anglers working crankbaits on gravel
banks and rocky points. Those shad colored variations are still
producing as have some jig and craw combos at times.
Some largemouth and white bass continue to chase shad at times over some
shallow flats where tossing chrome colored Rattle Traps and Strike Kings
Red-eye shad were appealing to the darting fish on some feeding frenzies
Crappie action was fair with some fish lingering in 8 to 12 foot
stakebeds and brushpiles. Deeper ledges in the main lake were holding
fish too as drop-offs with structure residing in the 16 to 20 foot
depths were attracting fish as well.
Unfortunately, the warm windy days have been tough to hold a boat in the
open water areas so most anglers have been restricted to fishing back in
the bays to dodge the wind. There have been a few times when wind
subsided and boaters were able to venture out and find fish hitting
Rain chances are expected to increase this weekend before a cool snap
arrives on Sunday, which may cool things off a bit.
This late fall and pre winter fishing phase is at the mercy of Mother
Nature as to wind and temperature but if you are fortunate enough to
pick a decent day then fishing is pretty good.
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.