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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
February 17, 2010



 Kentucky Lakeís winter fishing scene continues to be at the mercy of the elements. Cold winds and snow dealt another double whammy earlier this week, keeping most anglers off the water and around the fire.

This winter has not been kind to crappie, sauger and bass fishermen. Inclimate weather has dominated for several weeks now with below average temperatures. Fishing has been downright tough.

Itís one thing to go and not catch fish; itís another to go and not catch fish while getting cold and blown off the lake. Most anglers have realized their limitations lately and stayed off the lake.

Cabin fever, however, is spreading and most outdoorsmen are pacing the floor in hopes warm weather will take over soon.

Meanwhile, temps are supposed to rebound some in the days ahead and things can change quickly if just a day or two of sunshine enters the picture with some light and variable winds.

Lake levels have been up and down all winter too. Currently lake stages are falling slowly but still above normal winter pool elevation, as they have been most of the winter.

TVA is projecting a reading of 355.4 range going into the weekend for the New Johnsonville area while down stream at Kentucky Dam elevation is lower with readings in the 354.7 range.

Water color has cleared over most of the reservoir despite runoff from recent snow. Surface temps have reflected the cold conditions with readings in the 36 to 39 degree range. A few moderate days should see surface temps climb back into the lower 40ís.

Crappie have been slow for anglers working deep drop-offs out in the main lake and within the mouth of larger bays. Winter crappie often seek deeper depths during cold weather as they follow their forage and shad sleep deep in this kind of weather.

Watch for activity to increase soon in that 18 to 24 foot depth range. Itís high time some of those deeper ledges were paying off for anglers tightlining jigs and minnows around structure.

Fishermen who prefer slow trolling jigs on spider rigs and long lines should also start seeing some improvement from suspended fish, especially in the West Sandy area around Springville pumphouse and Britton Ford.

Although it has been an unproductive winter for most crappie fishermen and other anglers, the good news is more fish should be there for the taking as spring approaches.

Traditionally, poor winter fishing loosens its grip by early March and itís not unusual to see good spring fishing rebound. Think positive!

Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

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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