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December 29, 2011

Winter fishing reports continue to indicate the bite has been pretty good for crappie lately. And, a few sauger are beginning to show up as well.

Weather has been working in favor of fishermen on most days with moderate temperatures and light winds. Tuesday was an exception when high west winds and rain entered the picture with cooler temperatures but mild temperatures returned to the forecast quickly and it appears this weekend will be decent before a cool snap enters the picture early next week.

Kentucky Lake had been rising slowly earlier in the week and crested around the 356.2 mark at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the reservoir crested at midweek with a reading of 356.3. Elevation was projected to be fall slightly as the weekend approached.

Lake levels are about a foot or so higher than last week at this time and almost two feet above the low ebb of winter pool. Surface temperature is in the 47 to 49 degree range. Water color has a little stain but sporting a good color for fishing.

Crappie fishermen are finding fish in the 18 to 22 foot depth range on main lake drop-offs. Tightlining jigs has worked well with a few folks tipping a jig with a minnow at times. Reported color combinations that were producing range from black/chartreuse to some red/chartreuse variations.

Several anglers reported catching decent numbers this week but had to release a lot of fish that fell short of the 10-inch minimum length limit. Still, there are a few slabs being caught with an occasional fish making the two-pound club.

Sauger have shown up the last week or so after a long hiatus for most fishermen. A few boats working the Paris Landing Bridge area, the mouth of Leatherwood Creek, and down near Danville railroad bridge were catching fish and a few 10-fish limits have been taken.

Current has been present in the main river channel lately so that has worked in favor of sauger fishermen.

Although lake levels have fluctuated the last week or two, it hasnít seemed to bother the crappie too much as action has held up well for the deep water style of winter fishing.

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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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