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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
June 9th, 2006
MAYFLY HATCHES ENTER
FISHING PICTURE…CRAPPIE/BASS ACTION GOOD
Kentucky Lake continues to give up good
catches of crappie and bass this week. Mayfly hatches have entered the
picture too, offering bluegill anglers a surge in action as well.
Good weather has worked in favor of
anglers who had a cool start this week with light winds that warmed by
midweek. Overall conditions have been good and it appears summer weather
is now here to stay.
Surface temperatures were in the 78 to 82
degree earlier this week but climbed to 84 degrees at midweek. Water
color remains clear throughout the reservoir.
Lake stages were up a few inches last
weekend but were falling slowly at midweek and expected to be back in
the 359 range for both Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville area going into
The first mayfly hatch of the summer
season was underway on Tuesday in the Paris Landing area and by
Wednesday morning bluegill were feasting on the flies beneath
overhanging willows and around weedbeds. You can have a lot of fun right
now with light tackle or flyrods. Toss a cricket or worm around the
shoreline mayfly zones and it’s instant action.
Bass anglers are finding some fish using
the mayfly areas too as those shallow weedbeds, blowdowns, willows, and
weedbeds are holding bass. A lot of pin minnows are present and coupled
with the recent mayfly hatch offer a buffet for bass.
Some of the larger stringers are coming
from anglers working big deep diving crankbaits, jigs, Texas and
Carolina worm rigs on the main lake ledges. Look for the open water
drop-offs to hold up well in the weeks ahead but don’t overlook the
shallow zones where spinnerbaits and topwater will produce as well.
Crappie action has been good and
consistent for several weeks now. Anglers are chalking up good numbers
of fish from both main lake ledges and midrange structure. The deep side
of the ledges where stumps or brush can be found will yield some action.
Decent fish are coming from 18 to 20 foot zones there.
Those midrange stakebeds and brush piles
are giving up good fish too. Depths of 12 to 15 feet have been popular
venues and have been producing for several weeks. Post-spawn crappie
phases have been good to Kentucky Lake anglers this year and it appears
June is going to be a good month.
Often overlooked, June is a good month
for crappie fishing here and there’s every reason to believe the weeks
ahead are going to offer fine crappie action.
Productive baits continue to be jigs
tipped with minnows, along with small jigs fished by themselves. Deep
water anglers are working live minnows around stumps and brush. Popular
colors have been black leadheads on dull colored jig skirts as that
clear water is a factor in color choice.
A few anglers are trolling crankbaits
along main lake ledges and catching crappie, along with the variety
package of catfish, sauger, white bass, and largemouth.
Catfish continue to bite and are showing
signs of moving toward summer patterns near the main river channel.
Watch for improved action on the river bank as current and hot weather
enter the picture. Nightcrawlers, chicken liver, leeches, and live
minnows have been baits of choice.
Fishing is good so hop to it!
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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.