MAYFLY HATCHES UNDERWAY AS BASS/CRAPPIE BITE CONTINUES
Summer fishing is alive and well and this weekís Kentucky Lake
fishing update continues to reflect consistent catches for a variety
of species. The summer season officially arrived last Saturday but
fish have been in their early summer patterns for quite some time.
Lake levels have been falling slowly the last few days. Presently,
readings at Kentucky Dam are 358.9. Upstream at New Johnsonville the
elevation is slightly lower with readings in the 358.7 range. (Normal
summer pool is 359.)
Water color remains clear across the reservoir as not much rain
has entered the picture since last week.
Surface temperatures are in the 83 to 86 degree range.
Hefty stringers of bass continue to come in from area tournament
anglers and those just fishing for fun. Most of the winning stringers
in tournaments this past week were averaging about 21 pounds!
The bass bite at Kentucky Lake this year has been above average.
Good numbers of fish have been consistently showing up in the creel of
anglers since way back in late February and early March.
Recent patterns have shown the largest stringers coming from main
lake ledges where some fish are relating to the deep sides of
drop-offs around stumps and manmade structure. Several fish have been
caught in that 15 to 20 foot depth range.
Carolina rigged lizards and worms continue to produce as those
humps and ledges around deeper water have been the ticket. Several
success stories have come in from anglers tossing big Texas rigged
worms, along with jig and pig combos.
Some big crankbaits have accounted for some nice stringers too,
especially when the fish are on top of the ledges and running shad.
Shallow water patterns have ranged from working grassbeds along
river islands to some blowdowns and buck bushes where pin minnows are
now residing. Spinnerbaits, worms and some topwater have worked well
in shallow venues.
Recently mayfly hatches have attracted a lot of bass to the river
islands and shorelines of secondary bays where a buffet of bait awaits
them. Large numbers of bass in the 12 to 15 inch range are roaming
those shallow areas so you can get your string pulled on a regular
Crappie are still hitting good and the warm weather has not slowed
them down. Some hefty catches were still coming from those 12 to 14
foot stakebeds and brushpiles this week.
At the same time the deep ledges were producing as plenty of fish
are present in the 16 to 22 foot zone out on the main lake area where
structure is located.
Summer crappie patterns here in the Paris Landing area are right
on track as the fish have been biting throughout the month of June.
Iíve had nice catches this week and continue to have the highest
success rate on jogs tipped with minnows. Some days when the fish are
aggressive they have taken just jigs but most of the time adding that
live minnows has stimulated bites, especially on some calm mornings
when conditions were stagnant and fish were sluggish.
Popular colors have ranged from chartreuse leadheads with assorted
skirts to some white leadheads with brown feather bodies. A few days
the chartreuse/black combo worked well as did the white/red but action
has come on a variety of color combinations when tipped with live
Several year classes of crappie are showing up as you can catch
some dandies mixed in with the small fish but thatís good news for the
fall as it appears a lot of short fish are on the threshold of being
Mayfly hatches were underway this week in Swamp Creek and up Big
Sandy and West Sandy with some flies seen on river islands near
Shannon Creek to the north and the Lick Creek islands to the south.
Watch for some big hatches to occur in the weeks ahead which
should stimulate bluegill action in those shallow areas.
Some crappie and bluegill reports continue to flow in from the
backwaters of West Sandy. Springville pumphouse has been dewatering
the area the last few weeks but enough water was there to offer
anglers plenty of places to fish.
Catfish have been taken by anglers jug fishing across the area
with baits of choice being nightcrawlers, chicken liver, small
bluegill, and hot dogs dipped in commercial stink baits.
All in all the summer fishing scene is good.