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February 3, 2010
Kentucky Lakeís winter fishing scene has had a lot
of variables to deal with lately. This past week water levels jumped and
even eclipsed the summer pool mark around the New Johnsonville area as a
lot of water entered the reservoir.
Lake levels are falling slowly the last few days after the reservoir
crested Wednesday. However, more rain may enter the picture this weekend
but look for higher than normal lake stages to continue for a few more
TVAís projections going into the weekend were 359.5 for the New
Johnsonville area. It was several inches higher than that earlier in the
week. Downstream at Kentucky Dam lake levels were considerably lower
with readings in the 357.2 range going into the weekend.
It appears quite a wall of water is headed down the river as elevation
readings are varying greatly from southern areas and north to Kentucky
There is a lot of current in the main river channel as TVA has been
spilling water through Kentucky Dam for several days in an attempt to
get the elevation back down to winter pool.
Water color has been dingy in the Tennessee River and some stain was
present in Big Sandy as well.
Crappie anglers saw some improvement this week as a few stingers were
taken in 12 to 15 foot zones. Working stakebeds and brushpiles with
jigs, a few anglers reported good size fish coming from the deeper
Itís likely the rising lake levels earlier this week influenced some
crappie to move up toward shallow areas as shad often roam in shallow
zones during such scenarios.
Surface temps have been on a roller coaster the last week or two but
danced in the 39 to 42 degree the last few days. Cooler weather is in
the forecast for the weekend.
Not much to report from bass or sauger fishermen this week but sauger
are overdue to improve for winter fishermen, especially with the current
picking up the last few days.
Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports
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.