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December 14, 2012
FISHING SCENE COOLS OFF
Kentucky Lakeís fishing scene cooled off since last week as Mondayís
brisk northwest winds brought a dandy cold front to the area.
Temperatures fell drastically earlier in the week and have remained
chilly although winds calmed in the aftermath of the front when a high
pressure took over.
Since the cold front arrived winds have been light out of the northeast
but colder conditions have diminished the enthusiasm level of many
crappie and bass anglers that had grown fond of the above average
temperatures which lingered for weeks.
Surface temperatures have dropped each day and fell back to the 47 to 49
degree range at midweek. Water color remains clear.
After last weekendís heavy rains most anglers anticipated a rise in lake
levels but such as not been the case as TVA had been pulling the
reservoir down last week prior to the recent rains. And, a long dry
spell saw a lot of the rain and runoff soaked up to some degree.
Lake levels rose only a few inches and have already begun to recede.
Projections for the weekend at Kentucky Dam will see elevation in the
355.2 range. Upstream at New Johnsonville the forecast calls for 355.
Itís not surprising that fishing activity diminished since last weekend.
Crappie anglers ventured back out at midweek when light winds entered
the picture but it seems the high pressure slowed the bite. Success
rates declined as anglers reported very light strikes from fish
reluctant to take a jig or minnow.
Most of the crappie fishermen continue to target deep sides of the main
lake ledges. Brush and stumps in the 18 to 22 foot depth range have been
the most productive for the last two weeks.
Watch for improvement as the weekend approaches and some cloud cover
enters the scene. Temperatures are expected to warm slightly before
another cool spell forecast by the middle of next week.
Bass action slowed this week too as some fish had been taken around
shallow gravel points and some grass last week but that changed once the
cold front passed through. Itís likely bass fishing will rebound some
too as the weekend approaches.
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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.