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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
February 20th, 2004
fishing scene comes news of falling lake levels. Since last week
Kentucky Lake has changed dramatically in terms of elevation as TVA has
really pulled the plug and flushed a lot of water through the reservoir.
lake elevation at New Johnsonville was 355.1 at midweek. Thatís almost
five feet difference from a week ago.
north at Kentucky Dam the lake was even lower with readings of 354.2.
temperatures are starting out around 43 degrees in the morning and
warming to 47 by midday. Itís possible anglers could see some 50-degree
water by this weekend.
Watercolor throughout most of Big Sandy is relatively stained with a
good, dingy appearance for fishing. The Tennessee River is stained too
but many of the large bays are clear.
has been somewhat slow this week for crappie anglers. The rapidly
changing lake levels are to blame in the opinions of many anglers who
have tested the water with little to show.
scattered crappie were taken throughout Big Sandy but most anglers
reported keeper size fish being far and few in-between.
anglers were marking suspended fish on their LCRs in depths of 17 to 25
feet but the fish were not in the mood to take live minnows or jigs.
However, with the lake now somewhat stable and warmer weather entering
the picture, things could pick up quickly so keep the boat hooked up. A
quick trip to the lake might be in order.
anglers have been mute this week, as not many success stories have come
from the big lake. That too will likely change quickly as that shallow
water warms quickly and the largemouth and smallmouth can have a mood
swing practically overnight.
bass were hitting on fire-tiger colored crankbaits around dingy rock
points while other popular colors in the clear water were crawfish and
various shad colors.
better keep a jig and pig tied on at all times. These presping bass love
to grab a slow moving bait as it churns up the gravel bottom.
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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.