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November 25, 2009
Kentucky Lake is down dramatically from last week as this
time after TVA pulled the plug and really discharged a lot of water. The
reservoir is near its low ebb of winter pool but may dance up and down a
few inches in the days ahead, depending on rainfall.
After several weeks of above normal elevation, the lake is about where
it should be for this time of year.
Lake elevation at Kentucky Dam is projected to be 354.5 going into the
weekend. Upstream at New Johnsonville readings will be in the 354.7
range this weekend but were somewhat lower than that at midweek.
Surface temps are in the 55 to 57 degree range. Water color is clear all
over the reservoir as the falling lake stages pulled away what little
stain was out there.
Nice weather continued up until midweek when a cool snap and northwest
winds triggered a drop in temperatures. However, anglers cannot complain
as it has been one of the nicest Novembers on record with pleasant
temperatures and light winds dominating the fishing scene.
Bass fishermen have been beating the grass beds and having success
tossing spinnerbaits and rattle traps. The lower lake levels really
exposed vegetation in some areas and that has given anglers a lot of
visible cover to fish.
Other patterns working have been shad colored crankbaits around gravel
banks and roadbeds. Also paying off have been shallow running crankbaits
and spinnerbaits fished around boat docks and piers.
Itís a different lake out there when the elevation approaches winter
pool. And, a lot of shallow stumps are also just barely beneath the
water, offering some good spots as well but also obstacles to the
outboardís lower unit so be careful where you run.
Crappie are holding up pretty good with several decent stringers coming
from the 11 to 14 foot zone this week. Some anglers found fish on the
deep sides of ledges in 17 to 20 feet too.
Most anglers are vertical fishing jigs around submerged structure. Live
minnows are working too but jigs have been paying off best.
Once surface temps fall back into the low to mid 50ís crappie tend to
move up to midrange depths so those brushpiles and stakebeds in 9 to 12
foot depths should start paying dividends.
Although a cool spell is underway, it appears moderate temps will return
soon as the weatherman says a warming trend is in the making. Good fall
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.