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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
December 3, 2009

Crappie fishing bounced back earlier this week with some hefty stringers taken before the cold weather arrived. Seems the fish really turned on Tuesday as several anglers reported stringers of 35 to 40 fish taken in just a half day of fishing.

Productive depths ranged from main lake ledges to deep stakebeds. Anglers found them in 18 to 20 foot depths on drop-offs and some were caught in deep stakebeds and brushpiles in 14 foot zones.

Most of the fish were taken jigs fish in a vertical presentation. However, a few anglers were tipping with minnows.

Popular color combos were blue/chartreuse, blue/white, red/white, and some red/chartreuse with glitter just to name a few.

Water levels rose slightly this week and elevation at Kentucky Dam will be in the 355.5 range this weekend. Upstream at New Johnsonville TVA projects a reading of 355.8, which is up a few inches from last week at this time.

Water color remains clear. Surface temps were in the 55 degree ranger earlier in the week but will fall considerably now that cold weather has entered the fishing scene.

Bass action was fair late last week and up until Tuesday but began to back off as the cold front arrived. Action will likely be slow this weekend as the cold and clear conditions will have a negative impact.

A few were still hitting spinnerbaits around boatdocks and piers earlier this week. Crankbaits were working too around gravel banks and rock points. Some fish were still running shad on shallow flats and around grassbeds where shallow running crankbaits and jerk baits were producing.

It has been an exceptional fall for bass anglers but the cold front now in progress will deliver winter conditions that may shut down the bite for a spell.

Sauger fishermen are showing up in increased numbers but not many success stories are coming in as it has been tough. A little current has been present and that usually helps but seems the sauger are reluctant to show up in numbers just yet as several boats have been testing the water at Paris Landing bridge area and south around Danville bridge.

Activity has been a bit better upstream at the mouth of Duck River and points further south on the Tennessee River.

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Steve McCadams
 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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