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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
September 1st, 2006
Anglers have received another reprieve from summer weather and
there’s a touch of fall in the air.
Cooler conditions have improved the attitude of both the fish and
the fishermen this week as crappie and bass seemed to show improvement.
Surface temperatures were starting out in the 81 degree range each
morning and warming to the 84 degree mark at midday. Look for a slight
drop this weekend as cool nights will likely have an influence.
Kentucky Lake’s elevation is normally falling slowly this time of
year but the reservoir actually experienced a slight rise in lake levels
this week. The reversal is likely due to some heavy rains south of here
which occurred earlier in the week.
TVA indicates lake stages will be in the 356.9 range going into the
weekend at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the forecast will
Watch for lake levels to crest soon and begin falling after Labor
Day barring any additional heavy rainfall.
Crappie action has improved over the previous two weeks as more fish
move to the 9 to 13 foot zone. Some fish remain deep but in response to
cooler conditions a lot of shad have moved up and brought the crappie
At midweek I found fish taking white and clear sparkle tube jigs
fished vertically around submerged brushpiles and stakebeds. Most of the
fish were taking the jig pretty good. Adding live shiner minnows to
leadheads was also producing strikes.
This is the time of year when crappie begin moving up to those
midrange zones so watch for action to continue to improve in the weeks
ahead. There is a variety of sizes mixed together so you can have fun
catching several fish and cull out some keepers to boot!
Bass action is also responding to the cooling trend as fish are
chasing minnows on gravel banks and around the abundance of aquatic
vegetation now showing. Ample grassbeds are present where you can toss
floating worms, buzzbaits, jerkbaits, or some Texas rigged worms.
Some fish are hitting rattle traps on the outside of grassbeds and
along gravel banks. A few shad are showing up in the early morning and
late afternoon along the pea gravel shorelines.
Main lake ledges are holding on to some bass too. Anglers working
Carolina rigs and big crankbaits are still finding fish holding there.
Watch for the shallow bite to improve this week as surface temps
Some catfish are showing up along the main river too. Anglers
working the riverbank are landing some good size fish.
Not much going on in the white bass department as very few jumps
have been reported.
Fall fishing patterns are fast approaching.
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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.