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Report for June 1st, 2001
Fishing this week continues to hold up for several
species such as crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish. A cool spell
throughout most of the Memorial Day weekend made it feel like fall had
arrived. Some windy days made it tough on anglers and boaters but stable
conditions have returned and fishing has improved.
Presently, surface temperatures in the Paris Landing area are in
the 73 to 75 degree range and will likely warm a few degrees throughout
the week. Lake elevation is in the 358.9 range and had been falling
Crappie have been hitting good. The cloudy days have helped the
fish activity in deeper brushpiles and stakebeds in such depth ranges as
13 to 15 feet.
Activity has also improved in the main lake ledges and dropoffs
around the 15 to 20 foot zones where structure is found.
Live minnows continue to produce well. Dull colored jigs are also
working and seemed to be more enticing when tipped with a minnow.
Bass action has improved this week with some fish on secondary
ledges and points while others are being taken around shallow buck
bushes mixed with weedbeds. Also, some fish are being taken on main
river islands where submerged grassbeds or blowdown trees are found.
The key seems to be finding the schools of pin minnows. Some
stained water can be found on the Tennessee River islands but creeks are
clear. The upper Bog Sandy basin is also harboring clear water in
Some bass are hitting worms and lizards tossed around the visible
cover. Spinnerbaits are working too, along with some topwater such as
buzzbaits and jerk baits. Floating worms and flukes have produced too.
Carolina rigged worms are still producing as anglers work the
ledges and sloping points. A few smallmouth are showing up on the east
side of the Tennessee River as anglers work jigs along rock bluffs and
Bluegill are on the backside of spawning but still hitting
crickets and redworms around shallow bays and out from bushes and
Catfish are fair this week and continue to move out away from
shoreline rock bluffs where they spawned a few weeks earlier.
Nightcrawlers are still the bait of choice.
Sauger and white bass are still somewhat scattered but showing up
in the creel of anglers. Some trolling is going on with moderate success
as there's still mostly small sauger for the taking.
Look for crappie and bass action to hold up this next week. June
is a good month on Kentucky Lake so don't overlook the good fishing time
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