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