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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
February 8, 2010

 Perhaps area anglers have gotten spoiled the last few years. There have been winters when light winds and warm temps worked against waterfowlers but played right into the plans of fishermen suffering from cabin fever.

This year has been different. From high water to low temperatures, winter weather has been stubborn to loosen its grip. Anglers have not fared well this winter in the Kentucky Lake area but perhaps that means more fish are left once spring arrives.

Cold winds have dominated the fishing scene this week but thatís been the case for over a month. Back in January the ice was a factor and bone chilling winds pretty much took fishing off the radar screen for quite a spell.

Then came a warm spell that was short in duration but it opened the door for anglers to knock the rust off their hooks. Unfortunately, the crappie and sauger didnít respond and the lull in action has never rebounded.

Water levels jumped again last week and climbed above summer pool, which is some 4 to 5 feet higher than normal for this time of year. TVA has been pulling a lot of water and while lake levels are falling daily, more rain and runoff from the recent snow melt will likely influence the high lake stages for another week or so.

Most local anglers have had trouble finding and catching crappie this winter. A few boats were stalking the ledges around West Sandyís Britton Ford area last week in hopes of finding suspended crappie staging there.

Success stories have been hard to come by, however, as most reports out of the West Sandy area indicate crappie are winning the game of hide and seek.

Action was also slow down around Paris Landing where some boats were hitting the deep drop-offs at the mouth of Big Sandy when light winds allowed. Most were working the 18 to 24 foot depth range in hopes of finding fish relating to structure in the deep confines but to no avail.

Some success stories came from anglers working manmade stakebeds down around Bass Bay last week. Seems a few good slabs were taken there as fishermen dunked jigs around structure in the 12 to 14 foot depth range.

Sauger fishermen seem to be singing another verse of the midwinter blues. Overall success rates have been low for these winter anglers who have not encountered many fish the last two months in areas that normally produce. Seems the fish are just not there.

Boats have been seen around Danville Bridge and south toward New Johnsonville and the mouth of Duck River and Sycamore Landing but the rusty rascals are hard to find even for veteran anglers.

The bottom line is nasty weather has dominated the fishing scene, making what appears to be a tough winter fishing scenario even tougher.

Soon the sun will slip out of the clouds and warm the hearts of impatient anglers who have endured a mean winter. Spring fever is fast approaching and will soon replace the winter blues.

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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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