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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
September 16th, 2005
ANGLERS EMBRACE COOLER CONDITIONS…FALL ABOUT TO
This week’s fishing scene has improved for crappie anglers as
movement is underway toward midrange depths and fall patterns.
Fall officially arrives next Thursday but according to the
weatherman a cool spell is forecast for the weekend. No one will
complain if fall gets here a few days early.
Surface temperatures have lingered around the 80 to 84 degree range
this past week but look for the approaching cool weather to bring that
down in the mid to upper 70’s by early next week.
Cooler surface temperatures will likely see additional movement by
both bass and crappie toward shallow zones this next week.
Watercolor remains clear throughout most of the reservoir.
Lake levels are expected to be 355.7 this weekend in the New
Johnsonville area while Kentucky Dam will be slightly higher with
readings of 355.8, according to the TVA forecast. Kentucky Lake has been
falling slowly since last week at this time but is expected to be stable
for the next few days.
Crappie action improved in the 7 to 12 foot zones this week as fish
appeared to be moving toward midrange structure in pursuit of shad.
Several fish remain on main lake ledges but some larger fish appear to
have left deeper venues and migrated toward fall patterns in midrange
Jigs were producing well but seemed to be even more enticing when
tipped with a minnow. Popular combo colors were blue and pearl,
chartreuse and pink, and chartreuse with red metal flake.
Bass anglers were still taking some fish on ledges but action has
improved in shallow grassbeds where a lot of shad are present. Texas
rigged worms, floating flukes, and chrome colored jerk baits have
combined to produce strikes around the visible weeds, which are
prevalent since lake levels have dropped.
Tennessee shad and chrome colored crankbaits have also produces
along gravel banks. A few fish are hitting topwater in the early morning
and late afternoon along rocky banks as shad move in to feed on lowlight
A few bass are hitting white and chartreuse spinnerbaits when worked
slowly around grass and visible wood such as logs, stumps, and exposed
Fall patterns are already underway but watch for a boost in action
as cooler conditions arrive this weekend to signal the end of a long,
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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.