November / 2014
Great day crappie fishing Daryl Newport and Danny Richard
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CHANGING LAKE LEVELS GREET LATE FALL FISHERMEN
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.
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.