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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
May 19th, 2006
ANGLERS EMBRACE RETURN OF NORMAL WEATHER AND FISHING PATTERNS
Kentucky Lake anglers are coming off an unusual week of weather that
began to moderate on Wednesday but not before some six days of below
felt like fall had chased away spring and gale winds late last week
teamed up with cool temperatures to throw a curve to the fish and
Surface temperatures fell to the 67 degree mark earlier in the week,
which is seven to ten degrees below normal for mid-May. The drastic
change really knocked the bluegill and redear spawning off kilter for
several days as the fish seemed to adopt a dormant stage.
was normally peak time saw the fish back off and take on an inactive
mood. However, by Wednesday afternoon a warming trend seemed to revive
the passion of the powerful panfish and action was on the upswing.
for action to improve this weekend as warm sunshine returns and surface
temperatures climb back into their normal range of 74 to 76 degrees.
Bluegill and redear action will stay good for another week to ten days
before spawning phases begin to taper off.
Meanwhile, lake levels fell earlier this week too, which also added a
negative ingredient to the shallow water fishing recipe for bluegill and
bass anglers. Observed elevation is expected to be in the 358.7 range
going into the weekend at New Johnsonville while Kentucky Dam
projections will be slightly below summer pool at 358.9.
Watercolor has some stain throughout the Tennessee River area and Big
Sandy as high winds and recent rains influenced shallow areas but
overall watercolor conditions are good for fishing.
were still hitting good in shallow weedbeds, willow trees and buck
bushes along the shoreline and on some river islands this week. Some of
the larger stringers, however, were coming from secondary ledges where
anglers were working jig and pig combos, big crankbaits, and Carolina
rigged lizards imitations.
“fry” minnows are present in shallow shoreline habitat where a lot of
small bass are residing. The larger fish appear to be moving off the
banks and relating to sloping points and ledges in depths of 8 to 14
feet in some spots.
topwater action is still paying off for anglers tossing floating fluke
style worms, jerk baits, and buzzbaits. Spinnerbaits are accounting for
some fish too as are Texas rigged worms and lizards worked around
waters warm look for more of the large fish to back off the banks in the
decent stringers of catfish were showing up on rock banks as anglers
worked nightcrawlers, leeches, chicken liver and cut shad around the
popular spawning zones. Some good catfish were taken at the small rock
island up Big Sandy near Sulphur Well Island and off the rocks at
Springville pumphouse, Danville railroad levee, on the east side of the
highway 79 bridge.
Crappie fishing continues to hold up well for anglers working submerged
structure in the 11 to 15 foot zones. Deep brushpiles and stakebeds are
giving up decent stringers of fish as are some main lake ledges in the
15 to 17 foot depths.
live minnow is still the bait of choice for a lot of crappie anglers
lately who are tipping it on a jig or unpainted leadhead and working it
vertically around structure. The post-spawn phase for crappie is often a
tough time for anglers but this year the bite has held up well.
Anglers can expect the crappie fishing to hold up and even improve as
warmer weather returns.
the recent cool snap behind us, most anglers are optimistic that normal
fishing patterns will resume and hopefully free of those gale winds for
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