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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
August 22nd, 2003
this week has been under the spell of the doldrums days of summer. With
temperatures climbing into the low 90ís and a dose of humidity thrown
in, anglers have been restricting their outings to early morning and
fishing has increased for some anglers too. Both bass and crappie
fishermen have been pursuing their favorite sport under the stars
bass have been taking spinnerbaits cast along rip-rap and sloping gravel
banks near the main river channel.
daylight hours anglers have found some decent fish along the ledges of
main lake sandbars. Tossing a Texas and Carolina rigged worm has worked
well lately. And, the big deep diving crankbaits have also appealed.
colors producing best have been green pumpkin-pepper, red shad, and blue
with pearl-blue tail.
Meanwhile, lake levels continue to fall slowly. TVA indicates lake
stages this weekend will be in the 357 range at both Kentucky Dam and
temperatures have warmed into the 85 to 88 degree range. Watercolor is
relatively clear throughout the reservoir.
continue to bite but have moved off the ledge toward the deeper sides.
Depths of 18 to 25 feet have produced this week with a few fish
lingering in the 14-foot zones where some brush piles or stakebeds
reside near deeper water.
minnows are working well as night fishermen work them vertically beneath
floating lights and lanterns where shad accumulate. Daytime anglers are
working minnows on double-hook bottom bumping rigs around deep stumps.
And, some anglers are still tipped jigs with minnows and finding fish
action has been fair along the river channel. Several good fish were
taken this week in 18 to 25 foot depths. Nightcrawlers, leeches, and
liver have worked well. A few anglers are using catalpa worms too.
bass (stripes) have improved a little but consistent action in the jumps
has not been the case. Anglers are not seeing the usual schools of shad
meandering the open waters on calm days. Thatís needed to entice the
schools of white base to bust the surface and scatter their prey.
anglers are trolling but sauger are still scattered. Several rockfish in
the 11 to 13-inch range are still showing up.
Hopefully, the white bass will make a showing in the weeks ahead.
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Steve McCadams is one of the nation's best known Crappie fishermen
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