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Steve McCadams'
Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
July 22nd, 2005

    Lake levels are falling slowly and surface temperatures are similar to last week here on Kentucky Lake.

    Fishing has been pretty good for catfish anglers working the main Tennessee River bank where depths of 25 to 40 feet have produced some decent catches. Falling lake levels have kept current in the picture this week and that has worked in favor of catfishermen.

    Baits of choice have been nightcrawlers, catalpa worms, chicken liver, and cut shad.

    TVA’s projection going into the weekend will have lake levels in the 358.2 range. A similar elevation is expected at both Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville.

    Surface temperatures have been in the 82 to 84 degree range this week across most of the reservoir. Water color remains clear throughout the reservoir.

    Crappie action has been fair with a lot of small fish showing up this week. Good numbers of fish were hitting but the larger fish seemed to have backed off this week for no particular reason. Still, some good ones are being caught in 18 to 24 foot depths but some scattered keepers lingering in the 13 to 15 foot stakebeds and brushpiles.

    Live minnows continue to produce best but jigs tipped with minnows are working too.

    Most of the larger bass stringers are coming from main lake ledges in the 9 to 14 foot zones where anglers working Texas and Carolina rigged worms are doing well. And, big shad colored crankbaits are working too along those ledges.

    Jig and pig combos hopped along the ledges are producing as well.

    Some fish remain shallow around boathouses and treelaps where minnows are present. Working a spinnerbait and some topwater early in the mornings has produced a few strikes.

    White bass are still quite scattered with only a few showing up from anglers trolling crankbaits or casting rooster tails and small spinners. Night fishing has produced some white bass lately as anglers fish from pontoons beneath floating light.

    Night fishing has also produced a few crappie as anglers anchor out over the main lake ledges and work minnows and jigs under the lights.

    Mayfly hatches have been scattered along the lake but no real massive hatches were underway this week.

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Steve McCadams
 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.
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