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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
March 10, 2010

Has spring already sprung? Judging by the number of boats on Kentucky Lake last weekend it appears the season is somewhat ahead of itself.

Warm weather, plenty of sunshine and light winds teamed up to offer anglers and boaters beautiful weather last weekend and earlier this week. Anytime you get warm weather and light wind in early March itís a bonus.

Fishermen were out in force as every boat rampís parking lot was just about full. Fishing fever has struck. Folks are anxious to get out and about after a mean winter.

Crappie were calling anglers all over the lake and some of the most consistent catches were reported in the mouth of West Sandy and throughout the Sulphur Well Island area near Mansard Island and south of the TVA power lines in Big Sandy.

Most anglers were slow trolling spider rigs while a few were pulling long lines of twister tail grub and Roadrunner style jigs. Others were vertical fishing jigs and minnows over deep structure and manmade fish attractors in a variety of depths ranging from 14 to 20 feet.

Reports from a few anglers fishing the Springville pumphouse area indicated crappie were scattered there and not biting too good. Action was better toward the mouth of West Sandy.

Activity appeared to improve some for anglers fishing 1/16 to 1/8-ounce jigs over stakebeds and brushpiles around the 14 foot depth range. Popular color combos were red/chartreuse, bubble gum/chartreuse, blue/pearl, and some white/yellow just to name a few.

A few more warm and sunny days will see dramatic changes in those areas as fish respond to warming surface temps and enter prespawn patterns.

Anglers working deep drop-offs down around the mouth of Big Sandy near Paris Landing were still having trouble finding good numbers of fish. Crappie were scattered in the 18 to 22 foot depth zone with a one-here; one there pattern.

Bass action has been improving with some hefty fish taken off gravel banks and points from anglers tossing crankbaits.

The rock and gravel pattern is popular on Kentucky Lake this time of year and low lake levels expose plenty of spots where fish move up and stage on sloping points. Warmer surface temps will see bass move up during the day and become more active.

Crawfish and shad colored crankbaits are the most popular choices right now with some black/chartreuse accounting for a few fish as well. Shallow running crankbaits and some suspending jerk baits such as Bomberís Model A and Smithwickís Rogue are two popular choices.

Jig and pig combos are worth tying on too as are some Carolina rigged crawfish worked slow on gravel banks and points. A few smallmouth were being caught on small hair jigs and grubs too.

While some anglers were reporting a lot of small bass being caught, March is a month when some of Kentucky Lakeís biggest bass are taken. Those females really put on the feed bag this time of year in preparation for spawning.

Water color remains clear in the Paris Landing sector while up Big Sandy more stain is present. Surface temps responded to warmer days this week and have climbed into the 46 to 49 degree range.

Lake levels have been stable this week with readings in the 354.5 range around New Johnsonville. Downstream at Kentucky Dam the elevation has been holding around the 354.7 range.

Rain is in the forecast so lake levels could rise slightly going into the weekend.

Overall fishing conditions really improved since last week at this time and while a few crappie anglers had trouble finding fish on days when winds were stagnant, things are looking up.

It appears normal temperatures will remain in the forecast which is good news for fishermen. However, donít put the overcoat and coveralls too deep in the closet just yet. Itís that time of year when you need sunscreen one day and the insulated underwear the next!

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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.
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