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Brought to you by: Fishtale Lodge
August 5, 2010



Unless youíve been visiting in Alaska you know heat has been the big factor for fishermen. Kentucky Lakeís fishing scene has been the victim of above average temperatures lately with some three-digit days that dealt a mean blow.

Conditions have indeed separated the men from the boys out there.

Despite the doom and gloom reports from TV weathermen, who seem to dwell on negativity, it has not been all bad out there on the lake. However, if you listened to the meteorologists who beep warnings across the bottom of your screen youíd be scared to leave the house most days.

Yes itís hot at midday but the outdoor world doesnít stop turning. Truth is, the early morning hours have not been too bad as light breezes have greeted anglers most mornings and itís quite tolerable.

Anglers are hitting the water at daylight and getting in a few hours of fishing, realizing there are indeed limitations and calling it quits before the peak of midday sun bears down.

Surface temps this week have started out around 88 degrees in the early morning hours and climbed to 92 by noon. There have not been many cool nights lately.

Lake elevation is in the 357.9 range at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville readings are expected to be in the 357.7 range this weekend. Water color remains clear across the reservoir.

Bass have been taken on ledges this week where abrupt drop-offs are allowing fish to move up and feed early and back off to deeper venues as the sun gets higher.

Most fish have been taken on Carolina rigged worms and lizards or Texas rigged worms. Anglers are still tossing those 9 and 10-inch worms.

The crankbait bite has not held up as the fish seem reluctant to chase down or react to the big baits.

Current has been present along the main Tennessee River this week as TVA continues to pull water through the system as both power demands and its drawdown curve kick in.

There are a few fish still hanging around shallow structure such as boat docks, bridge piers, and treelaps where schools of pin minnows are present.

Casting spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms in the green pumpkin pepper, cotton candy, blue with metal flake, and some red shad have been popular color choices.

Crappie have been hitting fair in the lowlight hours such as the first three hours of the morning and very late afternoon. The fish have shown a preference for live minnows fished on deep ledges around stumps and brush on the edge of drop-offs.

A few catfish have been taken along the main river channel in 20 to 30 foot depths where bottom bumping rigs baited with nightcrawlers have enticed some bites. Current is present and working in favor of the river channel fishing.

Not much going on in the white bass department as the jumps have not been seen lately. Seems several years of back to back weak year classes have greatly diminished recruitment of white bass populations.

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.
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