WIND CHILLS KEEP WINTER ANGLERS AT BAY
Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has taken a back seat to the
weather this week. Most anglers have yielded to below average
temperatures and brisk northwest winds. It has been brutal out there
By next week the weatherman indicates some warmer weather will creep
into the picture but not before several more days of winter weather
linger, a reminder what season still calls the shots.
Lake levels this week have been above the normal winter pool stage by
several feet due to last week’s heavy rains. Observed elevation for
Kentucky Dam was 356 with a projected drop in lake levels throughout the
weekend. Upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels are a bit higher with
readings in the 358 range but also falling daily.
Water color is in pretty good shape across most of the reservoir.
Surface temperatures have been in the 41 to 44 degree range but will
likely rebound a bit next week.
Winter bass fishermen scored catches a few days last week before the
cool snap came in. A few boats were finding fish on ledges out along the
river bank as they found schools of shad with sonar equipment. Tossing
jigs with twister tails, grubs, deep running shad imitations and some
spoons produced pretty good at times when wind allowed anglers to work
some open water spots.
Crappie fishermen have also been venturing out and stalking the main
lake ledges where a few fish were taken in the 18 to 22 foot depth
range. Most are tightlining jigs and some minnow rigs around the deep
Meanwhile, the weatherman says some snow flurries may return this
weekend so put another log on the fire and ride it out. February is a
month full of surprises where roller coaster temperatures are the norm.
Anglers have cabin fever after staying in all week but it appears warmer
weather is on the way. If you can hold out until the middle of next week
it appears things will improve.
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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.