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January 2, 2014


The winter fishing scene has taken a back seat to the unruly weather lately. Cold fronts and strong winds entered the picture the last few days and that has kept most die-hard winter fishermen on shore and close to the fire.

Frigid temperatures are expected to dominate next week too so that will continue to curtail activity for crappie, bass and sauger fishermen.

Not many positive reports have come in lately from sauger or crappie fishermen. Kentucky Lake has been a couple of feet above normal winter pool elevation this week due the heavy rains just before Christmas that swelled a lot of tributary streams and areas to our north such as the Ohio and Mississippi River drainage.

There has been a lot of current in the main river this week and a bit too much for sauger fishermen who like a slow current. TVA has been spilling water through Kentucky Dam for several days and the discharge rate has really kept current flowing.

Surface temperatures have been in the 42 to 44 degree range but will no doubt fall back as the weekend approaches with cold weather. Elevation has been around the 356.2 range at Kentucky Dam and 356.4 upstream at New Johnsonville.

A few bass fishermen have been out working sloping points with Carolina rigs and jig and craw combos but activity has been a bit slow for them too.

It appears the week ahead will not be kind to fishermen and anglers may have to wait it out until weather moderates.

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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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