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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
January 8th, 2003
Fishing this week on Kentucky
Lake has been relatively slow for most crappie anglers but there have
been some scattered fish taken. Several warm days earlier in the week
had calm winds in the mornings and that caused the fishing fever to rise
for a few winter anglers.
Observed lake elevation in the
New Johnsonville area is predicted by TVA to be 354.1 this weekend,
which is the lowest reading in several weeks. Thatís on a couple of
inches away from the low ebb of winter pool elevation, which means
boaters need to be especially cautious as sandbars and stumps are
subject to tackling the lower unit of your outboard.
At Kentucky Dam the predicted
elevation this weekend will be 354.4.
Surface temperatures have been
in the 38 to 44 degree range across much of the reservoir. Watercolor is
relatively clear in most areas.
Some crappie were taken this
week in manmade stake beds and brush piles in 9 to 13 foot zones in the
Big Sandy embayment. Areas around Mansard Island were producing, as were
a few shallow zones in West Sandy near Britton Ford.
Down near the mouth of Big
Sandy and in the Paris Landing area anglers were finding crappie
somewhat deeper along the main lake ledges in 18 to 24 foot zones. The
deep sides of the sandbars where structure can be found is the typical
winter pattern for crappie in the Paris Landing area while other bays
and zones of the lake may see fish move into large bays or flats in
Live minnows were producing but
jigs tipped with minnows were also working well. Such colors as
chartreuse and purple, red and chartreuse, and some lime with red
glitter skirts were appealing to finicky crappie.
A few smallmouth were being
taken by some die-hard bass anglers who fishing finesse baits in the
deep, clear coves on the east side of the lake. Small grubs and floating
flies accounted for a few hefty fish.
Sauger fishermen are finding
some action near the old Danville Bridge, New Johnsonville area and at
the mouth of Duck River. Also action was improving in the Pickwick Dam
A cold front is predicted this
weekend across much of the area that could curtail fishing for a few
days. Meanwhile, wrap up good if you plan to brave the elements.
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