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December 14, 2012


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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 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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