Joe and Judy Bernath from Tennessee
Kentucky Lake Crappie fishing
Crappie Action Guide Service
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER GNAW AT ANGLERS
Most fishermen knew those unusual cool mornings last month wouldnít last
forever. Now the dog days of summer are here and this August weather,
with its hot and humid conditions, is a reminder of what season is
really in charge.
Kentucky Lakeís fishing scene is still holding up for anglers who rise
and shine early and beat the heat with those early morning or late
Surface temperatures are staying in the 82 to 83 degree range. Water
color is clear across the reservoir as very little rain has fallen or
entered the watershed in the last few weeks. You know itís dry out there
when even the fishermen want a rain!
Lake levels continue to fall slowly and are about on schedule for TVAís
winter drawdown curve. Each year TVA begins a slow drawdown on July 1
after the reservoir rests at summer pool for the two months of May and
Elevation projected for the weekend will be 357.5 at Kentucky Dam, which
is a few inches lower than last week at this time. Upstream at New
Johnsonville the lake will be 357.4.
Catfishing has been hit and miss lately along the Tennessee River as
current, or lack thereof, is always a factor. A lack of rain may have
contributed some but there hasnít been much current the last few weeks
but that is changing as a slow drawdown this week should work in favor
of catfishermen working the edge of the main river channel.
Depths of 25 to 40 feet have been holding a few fish. Once the current
picks up some decent numbers have been caught by anglers using chicken
and turkey livers, nightcrawlers, cut shad, leeches, and big minnows.
Summer crappie are still biting too but the fish have been a bit more
scattered this week. Still, the fish are hitting in lowlight conditions
of early morning and late afternoon or when cloudy days help filter the
sunlight coupled with a light breeze.
I found some decent fish residing in 17 to 22 foot depths earlier this
week. With a bottom bumping rig baited with live minnows I worked the
deep sides of main lake ledges and found fish holding tight to deep
Bass fishermen continue to bring in some hefty stringers and the
approach is changing as lower lake levels enter the picture. Several
shallow flats and backwater bays are now offering matts of vegetation
that are exposed.
Tossing weedless lures is paying off as are spinnerbaits, buzzbaits,
floating fluke style baits and Texas rigged worms ware working well
around shallow grass. Thereís a lot of baitfish in places so itís a
trial and error as to what location has the forage.
Deep ledges are still on the menu too as some tournament stringers last
week weighing in the 20-pound plus range were still coming from
drop-offs. Anglers were tossing green pumpkin-pepper jig and craw
combos, big deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and Stormís
Brush Hog, and Texas rigged worms in the 9 to 10-inch length.
Night fishing is also another approach for both bass and crappie
fishermen during these hot summer weeks as well.
A few scattered mayfly hatches continue to show up across the reservoir.
Not much in the way of white bass reports as hardly anyone sees them in
the jumps anymore.
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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.