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Kentucky Lake Crappie Fishing
GOOD FISHING CONTINUES
Kentucky Lake anglers chalked up another good week with bass, crappie
and bluegill anglers giving the scene a thumbs up. Several catfish
continue to come in too as a few late spawners were still lingering
around rocky bluffs.
Surface temperatures have been in the 75 to 76 degree range this week.
Watch for readings to increase slightly by the weekend. Water color had
a little stain in places but overall it was good for fishing.
Lake levels settled down a bit and have danced around the summer pool
levels for several days. TVA’s projection for the weekend shows a
reading of 359.3 in the Kentucky Dam sector while upstream around New
Johnsonville the reservoir is a bit lower at 358.9.
Crappie continue to show improvement as decent stringers were taken this
week in the 12 to 14 foot depth range. A few fish were deeper at times
but that midrange depth zone is holding some good size fish with
increased activity on cloudy days.
Mixed in with several small fish have been some dandies in the one pound
plus range. Fish were hitting jigs tipped with minnows while a few boats
were doing just fine fishing jigs tipped with Berkley Power Bait crappie
nibbles in the white or chartreuse color.
Watch for good stringers to continue from the midrange depth zone for
several more weeks. Crappie were showing more interest in structure and
holding tight at times around stakebeds and brushpiles. Strikes were
light some days but a few slabs were showing up in the creel.
Bluegill and redear were still hitting good too but bluegill were
dominating, which is normal for late May. Fish seemed to rebound at
midweek, showing more interest in guarding spawning beds than they were
last week at this time.
Nice stringers were coming from one to three foot depths. A few good red
ear were showing up too around visible weeds or in front of shallow buck
bushes. Action should be good this upcoming week as another full moon
arrives on June 9, which should see a surge in spawning activity for
both bluegill and red ear.
Bluegill often peak in early to mid-May as to active spawning phases but
they always make another wave in early June too so take advantage of the
action now underway.
Bass fishermen are still finding enough shallow fish to keep them
amused. Some weedbeds out from shallow shorelines and a few bushes were
holding fish as were some blowdowns on shorelines and river islands.
Tossing topwater, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms have produced
Tournament anglers are throwing everything in the book. From drop-shot
rigs to suspending jerk baits; the teams are pulling everything out of
the tackle box in hopes of establishing a pattern or finding the right
More boats have been backing off the banks this week in search of deeper
patterns. Main lake ledges are beginning to attract some fish as surface
temps heat up.
Kentucky Lake’s bass fishing scene always seems to have some fish
shallow and deep at the same time. However, watch for most of the
winning tournament stringers to start coming from hump or ledges out
away from shorelines.
Main lake patterns have seen big deep diving crankbaits producing, along
with Texas rigged worms, swim baits and Carolina rigged craws and worms.
Catfish were still being caught around rock bluffs and rip-rap levees
but it appeared some fish had already spawned and began easing their way
back off the banks toward slightly deeper water.
Early summer patterns are already in the making as May lost its place on
the calendar and June has now taken over.
Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports
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.