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November 3, 2011
CRAPPIE/BASS ACTION HOLDING UP WELL…NICE WEATHER WORKING IN FAVOR
Bass and crappie anglers had another nice week of fishing
conditions as the fall fling has been a good one with hefty stringers
being caught. With the exception of a messy day on Thursday where wind
and rain slipped in the door, it has been great weather.
Forecasts for the weekend indicate sunny skies and mild temperatures
will return. Highs are expected to be the upper 60’s and perhaps eclipse
the 70-degree mark by Monday. Overall the weather has been working in
favor of fishermen these last few weeks.
Lake levels going into the weekend will see a slight rise as elevation
at Kentucky Dam will be in the 355.3 range. Upstream at New Johnsonville
lake levels are projected to be in the 355.2 range. Those readings are
up a few inches from last week at this time but no significant changes
Surface temperature has been in the 57 to 61 degree range this week.
Water color remains clears.
Crappie fishing is holding up to its fall reputation with some good
stringers taken this week in a variety of depths. Size has improved too
as a lot of fish are now eclipsing the minimum 10-inch length limit, a
sign that good numbers of fish have experienced good growth rates during
the fall fishing season.
Abundant schools of threadfin shad have been roaming the bays and main
lake flats so the forage base appears to be in good shape, a scenario
that benefits bass and crappie.
Depths of 8 to 12 feet have given up good numbers of crappie this week.
Stakebeds and brushpiles in that midrange depth have been quite
productive throughout the fall.
Some deeper ledges showed improvement this week as good numbers of fish
were caught by anglers working the main lake drop-offs. Submerged
structure in the 14 to 18 foot depths gave up some nice fish too as
anglers were tightlining jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Tipping jigs with Berkley Power Bait crappie nibbles continued to appeal
as well. Popular jig color combinations have been some white/orange,
blue/chartreuse, dark green and chartreuse, and some clear skirts
sporting metal flake, just to name a few.
Bass action was pretty good with shad colored crankbaits still producing
on a consistent basis when fish on sloping gravel points, roadbeds, and
rocky points. Some blue/chartreuse and crawfish colors were working too.
A few fish were taking topwater jerk baits at times such as Zara Spooks,
Pop-Rs, and Chugg Bugs. Also floating fluke style works have produced.
Some schooling fish were still showing up on shallow flats and back in
the big bays where abundant shad schools were attracting attention.
Tossing Rattle Traps, Red-eye shad, and similar style baits in
chrome/blue, Tennessee shad and such color variations were popular.
More attention continues for the new and popular Alabama rig too as some
recent tournament wins by anglers using the schooling type bait
presentation is catching the curiosity of most all bassers.
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.