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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
April 8, 2010


Crappie on Kentucky Lake entered the active spawning phase this week after several days of warm weather pushed surface temps into the 64 to 66 degree range.

Once water warms into the 62 to 66 degree range and stays there for a few days crappie make a blitz toward shallow to midrange depths, seeking structure which appeals to their needs.

That is the scenario right now as fished really moved up this week. Although lake levels have been falling, the fish have stair-stepped their way up toward spawning territory.

Lake levels this weekend will be 357 at New Johnsonville and 357.2 at Kentucky Dam. Those readings are down some two feet from last week at this time, which is a significant change in elevation for a reservoir this size.

Surface temps at midweek reached the 64 to 66 degree range in the Paris Landing area and were slightly warmer up Big Sandy where shallow, stained water warmed quicker. However, the falling lake levels have pulled a lot of fish out of the upper end of Big Sandy since last week at this time.

Depths of 9 to 12 feet have been holding good numbers of fish. Although not many fish have been taken along shallow shorelines thus far that could change dramatically in the days ahead. And, there are still a lot of fish lingering on drop-offs in the main lake in depths of 17 to 20 feet but watch for that to change too as fish are on the move.

Several crappie were caught the last few days around manmade fish attractors such as stakebeds and brushpiles that were void of fish last week at this time. And, anglers trolling and drifting long lines with curly tail grubs and Road Runner style jigs are still catching fish on midrange flats both on the main lake and back in large bays.

Since the spawn is in its early phase a lot of fish are still staging in midrange depths before moving up to spawn in the days ahead. Male crappie have moved toward shallow areas ahead of the females, a pattern that normally occurs in the early stages of the spawn as the females hang off the banks and wait for ideal conditions.

Unlike their gamefish cousins such as bass and bluegill, crappie need structure to broadcast their eggs. Brush, stumps, buck bushes and the variety of manmade cover attract the fish during this annual ritual.

Bass and bluegill will fan out craters or dishes in shallow grassbeds and sandy gravel substrates to deposit their eggs but crappie prefer wood structure.

Popular areas this week have been the entire Sulphur Well basin and Swamp Creek, along with the flats near the power lines in Big Sandy. A few fish were also taken around New Hope and Country Junction but numbers were down from a week ago in that sector.

Down around the Paris Landing area some good stringers have come from Cypress Creek, Eagle, and around the mouth of Big Sandy.

High winds have challenged anglers the last few days, limiting boat activity on the open water. A few days gusts in excess of 20 mph had whitecaps even in backwater areas.

It appears moderate weather will resume after a short cool snap that may curtail activity for a day or so. The weekend ahead looks good.

Meanwhile, watch for action to continue improving around shallow to midrange structure all across Big Sandy and West Sandy. Techniques such as casting jigs under slip bobbers and vertical fishing jigs over stakebeds and brushpiles will be popular this week.

A variety of color combos are producing ranging from the popular red/chartreuse to black/chartreuse, blue/pearl, green with red glitter, and motor oil with red glitter, just to name a few.

Water color is clear in the main lake but after thunderstorms on Wednesday night a little stain entered the upper ends of bays. Some dingy water stirred up by this week’s high winds is still present in spots.

Expect the spawning phases to continue for another week or two but generally speaking, there’s a week to ten days in there that seems to be peak time. A few fish will spawn in late April and early May but look for the bulk of the blitz to occur in the next few days and perhaps extending into late next week.

Bass are already moving up into shallow weedbeds and pockets as some large females have been observed in the last few days. Already preparing to fan their beds, some big sows are residing right on the shoreline.

Although this week seemed to see lighter stringers caught compared to last week, there were still plenty of success stories from anglers tossing assorted crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged lizards, and suspended jerk baits.

Falling lake levels this week altered some spots for anglers who swapped shallow flats and pockets for deeper gravel banks and points. As soon as the lake stabilizes look for the shallow bite to really turn on.

Topwater and floating worms will be popular in the days ahead as buck bass become more aggressive around larger females that become territorial.

TVA has pulled the reservoir back down to near normal lake levels for this time of year and both bass and crappie are responding. It has been a spring full of abnormal conditions but things are fast approaching normalcy if storms, rain, and wind settle down and act right!

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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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