From the fishing
scene on Kentucky Lake comes another good week of reports from
Crappie are really hitting good and back on a
structure oriented pattern. Bass fishing is good for a variety of
patterns ranging from shallow shoreline weedbeds to deep ledges on the
Catfish are still tugging on the lines of
bank fishermen too as the rock island near Sulphur Well Island and the
rock bluff beneath the power lines on the east side of Big Sandy has
produced. This week several catfishermen were still scoring good
catches on the east side of Paris Landing Bridge and at the Danville
Bluegill and shellcracker have prolonged
their spawning phases and earlier this week hefty catches were taken
in shallow areas.
Presently, lake levels are up a few inches
from last week with readings of 359.8 at New Johnsonville and 360 at
Kentucky Dam. Heavy rains earlier this week have delivered a lot of
runoff as the reservoir is above the normal summer pool elevation of
TVA indicates lake levels are now falling
slowly and will likely be back down to summer pool in two to three
Surface temperatures are in the 74 to 78
degree range. Water color is clear.
Crappie have been taken in good numbers this
week. Popular depths have been manmade fish attractors in the 12 to 14
foot zone. However, some decent stringers were also taken on main lake
ledges around submerged structure in the 17 to 20 foot zone.
There were even some reports of nice crappie
taken in 5 to 7 foot zones by some anglers casting jigs around the
Sulphur Well area during late afternoon outings on cloudy days.
I had some dandy catches this week while
tightlining a 1/16-ounce white and orange jig. Some days the fish were
aggressive but at times tipping the jig with a minnow also seemed to
Deeper stakebeds and brushpiles in 12 to 15
feet were holding a lot of fish. Action was much improved over the
last two weeks.
Watch for continued crappie action in the
weeks ahead as predictable weather patterns and lake levels will work
in favor of consistent crappie catches. June is a good month for
crappie fishing here on Kentucky Lake but most folks overlook it.
For the last several years June has been one
of my best months for crappie. Gone are the high winds, cold fronts,
and changing lake levels we endured this spring so the scenario out
there now is much in favor of anglers and fishing patterns.
Bass action has held up this week with and
the shallow patterns got a boost after some cloudy days and rising
lake levels gave fish a real comfort zone around those islands, buck
bushes, and weedbeds.
The grass is beginning to make its presence
known in most shallow bays on the east side of the lake. Yet lots of
fish are being caught around buck bushes, willow trees, and the
abundance water willow weeds that are common to the reservoir in
Spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms, small
finesse worms, and shallow running crankbaits have been producing
On the ledges Carolina rigged worms and
lizards are working well as are Texas rigged worms and jig and pig
A few anglers are tossing big deep diving
crankbaits on the ledges too.
Pitching and flipping techniques around the
abundance of shallow structure has worked well this week.
Bluegill and shellcracker seemed to make a
surge in spawning this week with one last fling before bedding time
fades away. Those shallow mud and gravel pockets off the main lake
have produced big numbers of bream this week but look for fish to back
off and scatter somewhat by next week.
Bluegill in Springville bottom have been
hitting fair but scattered as a lot of water remains behind the levee.
The recent rains dropped a lot of water too and although pumping is
underway, levels remain high.
Some crappie have been taken there too and
anglers are reminded of the daily creel of fifteen fish. According to
TWRA regulations the daily creel limit in Springville bottom is
different from Kentucky Lake where it is thirty per day.
Catfish have been relating to rocky banks for
a few weeks now and anglers are landing some nice ones. Nightcrawlers
and chicken liver have been baits of choice.
Overall fishing reports have been good this
week for a variety of species and thatís no tale!