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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
August 1st, 2003
This week’s fishing scene is a good one for bass and crappie anglers
as Kentucky Lake continues to give up some dandy stringers right here in
the middle of summer.
Crappie anglers are having good luck as a lot of fish are holding in
the 12 to 14 foot zones. Action has been good in midrange stump flats
and manmade stake beds and brush piles.
Several cloudy days offered comfortable conditions for both anglers
and fish this past week. A light breeze further added to the enjoyment.
Jigs are producing but the crappie seem to prefer jigs tipped with
minnows or live minnows themselves. Some anglers are tightlining the
minnows down in the structure and having good luck with others are
casting slip-bobber rigs in much the same manner as a late spring
Apparently the shad are staying in the midrange depths and right
there with them are the crappie.
Surface temperatures are staying in the 82 to 84 degree range. Some
dingy water is present in the upper Big Sandy due to recent rains and
runoff. Elsewhere the lake is relatively clear.
Observed lake elevation at New Johnsonville is expected to be around
357.6 this weekend. Downstream at Kentucky Dam TVA indicates the reading
will be around 357.9. The lake has been falling slowly all week.
Bass fishing has been good as anglers continue to find good fish on
the main lake ledges. Baits of choice have been Carolina rigged worms
and lizards, along with Zoom’s Brush Hog. Texas rigged worms are working
Some smaller fish are relating to shallow shoreline tree laps and
grassbeds but most of the buck bushes and willows trees that were
holding fish last week are now too shallow.
Catfish are hitting good with action coming from the main riverbank
in 25 to 35 foot zones. A few fish were taken in the 15 to 20 foot areas
up around Danville bridge area and up to White Oak.
Nightcrawlers and catalpa worms are working well but some anglers
are using leeches and liver.
White bass action hasn’t been too good but look for that to improve
in the weeks ahead. The lower lake levels will make it easier for the
white bass to push the baitfish over shallow sandbars where surface
action can be seen.
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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.