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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
September 15th, 2006
FISHING HITS HOME STRETCH…FALL ALMOST HERE
Anglers got another boost at midweek, courtesy of a cool front that
descended in the aftermath of thunderstorms and north winds.
Although warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend,
fishing conditions have been nice for anglers this week as lower
humidity and fall-like conditions have helped put the summer doldrums in
the rearview mirror of bass, crappie, and catfishermen.
Kentucky Lake’s elevation actually saw a slight rise earlier this
week as some heavy rains delivered runoff both here and upstream. TVA’s
projection for the weekend will be 355.9 at both Kentucky Dam and New
Johnsonville Steam Plant as it appeared the reservoir crested at midweek
and began a slow fall.
Surface temperatures have moderated and are holding in the mid to
upper 70’s. Water color remains clear in the main lake but some bays up
Big Sandy and along the Tennessee River were showing signs of dingy
water in the upper ends where feeder creeks entered.
Bass continue to hit good and a variety of patterns are producing.
Fall patterns here often come in a mixed bag and that has proven to be
true for several local tournaments lately where winning stringers are
still requiring weights in the 16 to 18-pound plus range.
Aquatic vegetation is abundant along the Tennessee River bays,
shallow flats, and island rims. That’s offering anglers acres of good
bass fishing targets as the grass is full of baitfish.
Such lures as spinnerbaits, floating flukes, topwater jerk baits,
and Texas rigged worms are producing as are some weedless plastic baits
such as frogs and rats. On the outside of the thick grass ripping a
shallow running crankbait or rattle trap style lure has also worked
Main lake ledges and humps in the mouth of big bays continue to pay
dividends too as anglers work big crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms, and
jigs over the drop-offs. A few nice smallmouth are showing up too.
Some gravel banks showed improvement this week as shad colored
crankbaits worked around chunk rock were producing strikes. And, the
early morning and late afternoon pattern for topwater action has
improved as more shad were present in the lowlight conditions where
midge hatches offered a buffet to the forage fish.
Crappie continue to move up and occupy midrange structure in the 9
to 12 foot zones where stakebeds and brushpiles are located near deep
water. Each fall the crappie fall into a transition pattern and slowly
leave their deep water summer venues as they stay hot on the trail of
their forage base, namely threadfin shad.
As schools of shad move shallow with the cooler surface temps hungry
crappie won’t be far behind.
Watch for increased activity in the weeks ahead as more crappie
reside in the midrange depths and main lake flats where submerged
structure attracts them.
Jigs in the chartreuse, blue and white, and orange and chartreuse
combo colors are a few of the popular choices lately. Live minnows
continue to produce and tipping a jig with a minnow has been a
consistent carrot to dangle in front of finicky fish.
A few fish remain on the deep sides of main lake ledges where depths
of 16 to 18 feet were giving up some decent numbers. Those double hook
bottom bumping rigs armed with minnow or jigs always seem to find some
fish on the ledges when structure is encountered
From the catfish department comes word of improvement earlier this
week as current was present in the main river. That apparently
stimulated the bite for a few days as anglers worked the main channel
banks with nightcrawlers, cut shad, turkey livers, and live minnows.
Action seemed slower at midweek; however as lake levels crested and
current ceased to exist. Watch for action to resume soon as TVA begins
Fall officially arrives next Thursday so say goodbye to the last
full week of summer fishing.
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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.