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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
February 24, 2010

Anglers finally got a nice weekend where light winds and warm sunshine teamed up to provide nice fishing conditions on Kentucky Lake. Until last weekend there havenít been many days favoring fishermen for the last few months.

The nice weather was short lived, however, as cooler conditions returned early this week and temps dropped back to winter mode pushed by northwest winds. The last several days have been cold and dreary with a few snowflakes entering the picture, keeping fishermen indoors and awaiting a change in the weather forecast.

Crappie fishing can bounce back quickly this time of year and they did just that for a few fishermen last weekend as those calm days and warm sunshine seemed to stimulate things.

A few good reports came in from anglers working deep water venues in Big Sandy where those main lake ledges in 18 to 20 foot zones gave up some fish that fell prey to red and sliver combo colored jigs, along with some red/chartreuse and pink/chartreuse, just to name a few.

Pal Ken Riddick of Dyersburg reported a good stringer of fish taken in Big Sandy from a variety of deep structure ranging from 12 to 14 foot in some places and 18 to 20 feet in others. His crew boated about 40 crappie on Saturday while vertical fishing jigs.

A few reports from the mouth of Big Sandy credited jigs tipped with minnows for some decent stringers while some boats slow trolling jigs in the West Sandy sector around Britton Ford also landed some nice crappie that appeared to be suspended in the 16 to 18 foot depth range.

No doubt the crappie action picked up last weekend and will resume if windy days and cold temps will move out and allow anglers to get back out on the water.

Kentucky Lake has been falling slowly all week and is back down to winter pool. The reservoir has been above normal on elevation for most of the winter but readings this week are expected to be in the 354.7 range at New Johnsonville.

Downstream at Kentucky Dam TVA predicts elevation in the 354.6 range this weekend. Water color is clear in most areas. Surface temps warmed slightly last weekend into the 42 to 44 degree range but have cooled down that last few days as winter weather returned.

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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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