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November / 2014
Great day crappie fishing Daryl Newport and Danny Richard
Photo curtsey of Crappie Action Guide Service


After last Friday nightís heavy rain Kentucky Lakeís elevation really jumped in the aftermath of significant runoff. Some areas across the region had almost four inches of rain and lake levels this week rose to an elevation of 357 in the Paris Landing area, which is more than two feet above winter pool.

Lake levels crested at midweek, however, and TVA is pulling a lot of water through the system and dropping the water several inches each day. That means a lot of current is present in the main Tennessee River channel, which in times past was helpful for sauger fishermen but unfortunately, the sauger fishery on Kentucky Lake has dwindled dramatically the last few years.

Meanwhile, surface temperatures this week are in the 46 to 48 degree range. Water color is quite dingy in the main river and up Big Sandy but not too bad in the mouth of Big Sandy.

TVA project lake levels to be 355.8 in the Kentucky Dam area as the weekend approaches and 356.2 upstream at New Johnsonville.

Late fall crappie---and it is still fall for a couple more weeks---can be pretty good if anglers pick their days. Weather is always a factor this time of year but when moderate temperatures arrive with light winds it works in favor of fishermen.

A few fish have been taken lately in midrange depths around stakebeds and brushpiles in depths of 9 to 13 feet. However, those deep main lake ledges start producing fish as cooler conditions pull fish toward the deep sides of drop-offs in depths of 18 to 20 feet.

Crappie and bass anglers should rebound this weekend as temperatures are expected to climb back to the upper 50ís, which isnít too good for waterfowlers but quite suitable for winter fishermen.

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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.

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