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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 9th, 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
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
A few warm and sunny days back to back will see crappie make a move
toward that 9 to 13 foot zones where structure close to deep water can
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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.