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July 8, 2010
Summer weather returned to the Kentucky Lake fishing scene this week
after a brief hiatus last week. However, anglers are still finding good
bass action and crappie have held up pretty good too.
Mayfly hatches were underway at midweek around the Paris Landing area,
bringing some bluegill and bass toward shallow shorelines along the main
lake area. Catfish were hitting on main lake ledges in the 18 to 25 foot
zones and some jug fishermen were still finding a few roaming main lake
The return of hot weather has seen surface temps climb back to the 87 to
90 degree range this week. Water color is clear across most of the
reservoir as not much rain has entered the picture lately.
Elevation at Kentucky Dam is expected to be in the 359.1 range this
weekend. Upstream at New Johnsonville readings were in the 358.9 range.
Lake levels will fall slowly in the weeks ahead as TVA begins its decent
toward winter pool.
Crappie action perked up some this week in the early morning hours when
light winds and cloud cover were present. Fish showed some interest for
jigs tipped with minnows fish in a vertical presentation around
stakebeds and brushpiles in the 13 to 15 foot range. A few crappie were
also holding on drop-offs in the main lake around the 18 to 24 foot
Activity seemed to slow around midday as the bright sun and stagnant
wind had a negative effect.
Watch for summer crappie action to hold up as more fish move toward
those deep creek channel and sandbars near the main river channel.
Bass continue to hold up to their reputation as a lot of fish were taken
this week by anglers working treelaps and various shallow cover where
pin minnows were present. It appears fry are abundant around shallow
grassbeds, bushes, treelaps, and docks.
Find the fry and you’ll find some bass. And, the addition of mayflies to
the menu has given bass another reason to roam shallow areas this week.
Despite hot weather there are some nice stringers coming from shallow
It is still taking 20-pound plus stringers to win tournaments.
Those deep ledges are still producing too. Tossing Carolina rigged worms
and craws, along with 10-inch worms rigged Texas style continue to
produce. Hopping jig and craw combos are working too.
The crankbait bite seemed slower this week as bass have backed off
chasing the big baits to some degree.
Also check out our past:
Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports
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.