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November 7, 2013
FALL FISHING WINDS DOWN FOR SOME
Kentucky Lakeís fall fishing scene may be fading away for some anglers
but others are still at it and enjoying autumnís outdoors. This weekís
fishing scene has seen relatively mild temperatures mixed with changing
colors as the hardwoods have had their display on parade.
Although a couple of windy days entered the picture it appears normal
temperatures are in the forecast for the next several days with highs
reaching the low to mid 50ís. Itís a pretty decent fishing forecast for
With a variety of hunting seasons in full swing and the abundance of
sporting events at schools not many boaters are on the water these days
but the fishing has held up pretty good for bass and crappie anglers
Decent stringers of bass continue to come in by anglers tossing shad
colored crankbaits around rock points and gravel banks, roadbeds, and
rip-rap shorelines. At the same time spinnerbaits slow rolled around
shallow grassbeds continue to pay dividends too.
A few boaters were pitching a craw or worm around boat docks and piers
at times as well while others were still casting Carolina and Texas
rigged worms around main lake ledges where a few fish were schooling at
Surface temperatures this week were in the 58 to 61 degree range. Water
color is clear across the reservoir.
Lake levels have been sleeping near winter pool now for the last two
weeks. Elevation projected for the weekend at Kentucky Dam will be
354.3. A similar reading is also projected for the New Johnsonville
The lower lake levels can be intimidating but readings are normal for
this time of year. Remember to pay close attention to those buoys and
slow down if youíre in unfamiliar territory.
Crappie fishing has been fair this week with some scattered fish
lingering around midrange stakebeds and brushpiles. Depths of 9 to 12
feet are still holding on to some decent crappie but it has taken a lot
of stop to accumulate good numbers.
Anglers working the deeper drop-offs seemed to fair better this week.
Decent numbers were taken around submerged structure in the 15 to 18
foot depths by anglers using bottom bumping rigs armed with minnows and
jigs. Tightlining jigs worked well too as some were tipping with minnows
or adding Berkley crappie nibbles to their presentation to entice bites.
A couple of windy days altered the battle plan for some boaters hoping
to stalk the main lake areas. However, a few fish were taken back in
bays out of the wind where midrange to shallow structure produced enough
crappie to make it worthwhile.
The days ahead should be typical fall weather; starting out cool but
moderating as the day goes on. Crappie usually show signs of bunching up
by early to mid-November and while that hasnít been the last the last
week to ten day it could change and improve soon.
Itís pretty nice out there these days as ducks and geese are arriving,
trees are reflecting their colors along placid shorelines, loons are
singing, and very few boats are competing for space. Donít let these
mild days get away from you!
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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.