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Steve McCadams'
Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 2nd, 2007

    Warm weather returned recently after several weeks of nasty conditions where snow, sleet, and downright cold weather curtailed winter fishing for most folks. Perhaps it was payback for the mild winter weather that dominated much of December and January where anglers enjoyed above average temperatures and extended spells of mild weather.

     Crappie anglers have been anxious to get back out on Kentucky Lake this week as temperatures climbed to the upper 50ís and low 60ís several days. Spring fever can sure bounce back quickly!

    Presently, Kentucky Lake water levels are falling slowly in the Paris Landing and New Johnsonville area. Elevation at New Johnsonville is projected to be 355.2 going into the weekend. Upstream at Kentucky Dam lake levels are slightly higher with readings of 355.3 projected.

    Water color remains clear throughout most of the reservoir. Surface temperatures are in the 44 to 48 degree range with some warmer readings in the upper ends of bays.

    South winds have been a factor this week as several days have seen whitecaps enter the picture. That has pushed some anglers away from main lake ledges by midmorning and back into bays that are sheltered.

     Most of the fish are lingering in the 16 to 24 foot depths around Paris Landing where deep sides of sandbars harboring structure are producing best. Up in West Sandy in the Britton Ford and Springville pumphouse sector anglers were finding crappie in 8 to 13 foot structure such as stumps, brushpiles and manmade fish attractors.

    Jigs in the red and chartreuse, along with purple and chartreuse and red and white have produced some fish lately as have chartreuse with red metal flake. Live shiner minnows fished on bottom bumping rigs are also working well.

    Crappie will likely remain deep in the weeks ahead until surface temperatures rebound in to the 50 degree range. If warmer days continue watch for more movement from crappie toward midrange depths as baitfish move up.

    A few warm and sunny days back to back will see crappie make a move toward that 9 to 13 foot zones where structure closed to deep water can be found.


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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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