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Great day crappie fishing Daryl Newport and Danny Richard
Photo curtsey of Crappie Action Guide Service


The unusual warm weather and light winds last weekend and earlier this week really brought the winter fishermen out in force.

Light winds and above average temperatures were the catís meow for crappie and bass fishermen who had been cooped up the previous week due to a rash of winter weather.

Temperatures a few days climbed near 60 degrees and light winds really made it feel nice out there. Last year at this time the Siberian Express was visiting and winter fishing took a back seat throughout most of January.

Lake levels this week have been falling slowly and were projected to be in the 355.8 range at Kentucky Dam this weekend. Upstream around New Johnsonville TVA predicted the reservoir would be resting around the 355.7 range.

Surface temperatures responded to the warm spell and climbed to the 44 to 45 degree range at midweek but will likely cool some in the days ahead as another cold front is expected. Water color is clear across most of the reservoir.

Crappie anglers were testing the main lake areas this week and concentrating on the deep sides of drop-offs in depths of 18 to 22 feet deep. A few fish were taken in some midrange stakebeds too where a few anglers found some in 9 to 14 feet.

Bass anglers were back out and working ledges and rocky banks at the mouth of big bays this week. Most are tossing jig and pig combos with some crankbaits fish around rocky bluffs.

Anglers may have to yield to the changing weather as the weekend approaches but it has sure been a nice week overall. Itís that time of the year when you just have to pick your days and take advantage of the opportunities when above average temps slip in the door and light winds hang around.

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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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