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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
January 21, 2010


Although itís warmed up, Kentucky Lake anglers are getting the cold shoulder from crappie, bass, and sauger the last week or so.

Recent reports from several experienced fishermen testing the winter waters indicate tough sledding. Bottom line is the fish havenít been biting.

Some anglers are wondering if the lull is due to the recent cold snap while others thought a shad kill during the frigid phase might have had a negative impact. A few are just plan confused at the lack of activity.

Surface temps last week were lingering in the mid 30ís but have rebounded to the 40 to 43 degree range this week and might be even warming by the weekend. That may help things.

Lake levels were resting at winter pool levels during the cold period but are rising slowly this week in the aftermath of recent rains. TVA projections for the New Johnsonville area are 356.5 and rising to 356.7 range around Kentucky Dam.

The reservoir is rising slowly each day in the aftermath of rains and more thunderstorms are in the picture for this weekend. Warmer weather is likely contributing to the additional rainfall as temps are expected to be above normal before a cold front approaches Monday.

Water color has been clear but stain is entering main river areas since recent runoff from rain and high wind stirred up some shorelines.

Sauger anglers are having trouble finding fish in their normal winter hideouts but so are the crappie fishermen stalking the deep water in the Paris Landing area. A week or so ago a lot of ice was present in much of Big Sandy and West Sandy but all the ice has vanished.

Despite stalking the deep ledges crappie anglers have just not encountered hungry fish. And, although sauger fishermen have not had current in the main river, that will change as rising lake levels will likely see a lot of water enter the system and soon TVA will be discharging more and create some current for main river sauger venues.

Watch for fishing to improve now that the severe cold spell is in the rearview mirror.

If youíve been fishing and had tough luck youíre not alone. Most everyone has experienced poor fishing success the last week or so but all hope things rebound soon as they always do.

Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

Steve McCadams
 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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