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Jane and Tom from TN October 2017
Kentucky Lake Crappie Fishing
"1 pole jig fishing"
LOW LAKE LEVELS
Late fall anglers on Kentucky Lake are facing low lake levels recently
as TVA has really pulled the reservoir down. Lake levels forecast for
the weekend show the Kentucky Dam area will see an elevation of 354.6
while upstream around New Johnsonville lake stages are even lower with
projections of 354.3.
Generally speaking TVA keeps the reservoir around 355 for the winter
pool mark but boaters best use caution since the lake is a few inches
below normal, which means a lot of shallow sandbars and submerged stumps
await your outboard’s lower unit!
Water color has cleared this week and most of the reservoir is in good
shape for fishing. Surface temperatures have cooled to the 52 to 54
Fall crappie fishermen continue to report decent numbers, although most
are still culling several small fish on the average outing. Seems a few
better fish are showing up with a few more eclipsing the 10-inch minimum
length limit than was the case back in September and October.
Deeper depths have been giving up several fish as a lot of boaters are
targeting the deep sides of main lake ledges focusing on the 17 to 22
foot depth range. Bottom bumping rigs armed with minnows or jigs are
Popular jig colors have ranged from red/chartreuse to blue with sparkle,
lime/white, electric chicken and black/chartreuse just to name a few.
Anglers targeting midrange stakebeds in the 9 to 12 foot zone have
managed to take a few more fish this week as well.
Bass fishing continues to be quite challenging for most as the fall bite
has been off. Some fish were chasing shad on main lake flats and along
some gravel banks this week however. Tossing shad colored crankbaits has
paid off at times as have some Carolina rigs and swim baits.
Not many hefty stringers have been taken as of late. For most it has
been a one-here and one-there scenario with big numbers of fish hard to
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.