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ANGLERS HOPING FOR COOLER CONDITIONS AS FALL NEARS
By Steve McCadams
Updated September 4, 2014
With the Labor Day weekend now in the rearview mirror
Kentucky Lake anglers are anxious to see a cool snap and
perhaps an early arrival of fall. It appears a little rain
and slightly cooler temps are in-store for the weekend but
it may be the middle of next week before the area says
goodbye to 90-degree temps.
Surface temperatures this week lingered around the 85 to 86
degree range. Water color remains clear across most of the
reservoir despite a few localized thunderstorms earlier this
Lake levels are projected to be in the 356.5 range at
Kentucky Dam this weekend and 356.3 upstream in the New
Johnsonville sector, which is similar to last week’s elevation.
Grassbeds continue to expose themselves south of the Paris
Landing area on the Tennessee River and that has appealed to
bass fishermen lately. A lot of baitfish are relating to the
Eurasian watermilfoil, pondweed, and spiny leaf that is abundant
in shallow areas but also growing in matts near deeper water.
Island rims and flats in secondary channels behind islands
have thick grass showing all the way toward the New Johnsonville
Tossing weedless lures in the thicker grass has worked well
as have some floating flukes and worms. On the parameters
spinnerbaits, worms, buzzbaits, and assorted jerk baits are
The summer pattern of main lake ledges is still alive and
well too. Several boats are still targeting the drop-offs and
tossing big Texas rigged worms, crankbaits, swimbaits, Carolina
and Alabama rigs, and jig and craw combos.
Crappie action has been fair lately with several fish
relating to structure in the 11 to 14 foot depth range. Vertical
fishing jigs and jigs tipped with minnows have worked. A few
deeper areas have also given up some scattered fish.
Watch for improvement soon as September crappie will respond
quickly to a slight drop in surface temperatures.
Catfish continue to bite on the hooks of crappie anglers
working the midrange depths. While a few fish have been taken
along the main Tennessee River channel bank lately in depths of
30 to 40 feet there are still a good number of fish that have
not gone deep.
Fall’s transition hasn’t started just yet but watch for a
cool snap soon that will likely have a positive influence. Once
surface temps fall back a few degrees the overall activity will
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