Bass and crappie is good for Kentucky Lake anglers and some hefty
stringers were taken this week as summer fishing patterns take hold.
Presently surface temperature is in the 77 to 80 degree range.
Warm days have dominated the picture with above average temperatures
throughout the week.
Observed lake levels at both Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville
steam plant are in the 359.5 range. Water color is clear.
Lake levels have been falling slowly this week after climbing more
than a foot above summer pool last week.
High winds have challenged anglers at midweek with three days of
gusty conditions from the south that blew in the 15 to 25 mph range.
It’s unusual for high winds to occur in early June here.
Meanwhile, anglers are hoping winds subside soon and some cooler
conditions return but both bass and crappie continue to hit good.
Bass have been coming from main lake ledges this week as falling
lake levels seemed to stimulate action on the drop-offs where anglers
are tossing Carolina rigged lizards, worms, and crawfish.
Texas rigged worms and jig and pig combos were working too as were
big deep diving crankbaits. Some anglers are tossing finesse baits on
the ledges too and fooling finicky fish into striking assorted swim
baits and unusual styles.
Last week’s Triton series of tournaments here in the Paris Landing
area saw a lot of fish taken and Rogne Brown of Hixon, TN landed
almost 100 pounds of bass in just four days, earning him well over
Meanwhile, a lot of shallow fish are still hitting and anglers are
pitching and flipping worms, lizards, and jigs around trees and bushes
with success. Others are tossing spinnerbaits around grassbeds and
landing lots of fish.
A variety of patterns continue to produce ranging from topwater in
the early morning hours to deep rigs on up in the day out on make lake
Crappie are hitting good in stakebeds and brushpiles in 12 to 15
foot depths. The fish are relating good to structure and jigs tipped
with minnows presented in a vertical method are working well.
Those main lake ledges are holding fish too, although several
windy days have been tough for the open water areas. Depths of 17 to
22 feet are holding fish where stumps and brush can be found on the
Catfish were fair this week but improving as the falling lake
levels have delivered some current to those main river hangouts.
A few sauger are showing up too along the drop-offs in depth of 10
to 15 feet. Crappie anglers are landing a few during the day but some
anglers are trolling crankbaits and picking up both sauger and white
Look for continued success in the bass and crappie department in
the weeks ahead as the fish fall into good summer patterns.