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Steve McCadams'
Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
 January 17th, 2003

    Fishing on the local scene has been a victim of cold and windy weather this week. The open waters of Kentucky Lake have been white capping due to an approaching cold front that has seen the mercury dip well below the freezing mark for several consecutive nights.

    Observed lake elevation in the Paris Landing area is right at the winter pool mark of 354. The elevation is pretty much the same upstream at New Johnsonville and down to Kentucky Dam too.

    Watercolor is relatively clear in most of the main lake, although some stain was present in a few bays where winds had whipped up the shoreline or points with a mudline.

    Some winter crappie anglers are braving the elements and finding a few fish on the deep ledges of the main lake. However, both the wind and cold weather have been a factor. Surface temperatures were falling around the 32 to 34 degree range as ice had formed in many secondary bays.

    Most of the crappie are in the 19 to 24 foot zones as the baitfish have pulled back to deeper water during the recent cold spell. Look for most of the better fish to remain there in the weeks ahead too.

    Anglers can also water for another shad kill as many threadfin fall victim to the quick temperature drops and go into shock. The tiny fish sometimes get caught in shallow water and when nighttime temperatures fall drastically they are vulnerable. Threadfin prefer water temperatures no lower then 40-degrees in most circumstances.

    This is the time of the year when anglers can bounce back quick, however, as picking your days and watching for warm days is the ticket.

    In the sauger department some anglers are finding fish down near the mouth of Duck River and south to Pickwick Dam tailrace.

    Watch for things to improve once the cold weather moves out and temperatures moderate.

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Steve McCadams
 is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area and host of The Outdoor Channel's television series  IN-PURSUIT. 
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