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AWAY GOES AUGUST...HOT WEATHER TAKES TOLL ON FISHING
By Steve McCadams
Updated August 28, 2014
August is about to lose its grip. September is slipping
through the door and before you know it fall fishermen and
their fish will be making the transition toward a cooler
Kentucky Lakeís elevation is down a few inches from last
week at this time but will be stable going into the weekend for
holiday anglers and boaters. Lake levels will be 356.8 at both
Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville.
Surface temperatures reflect the lingering dog days of
summer and are holding in the 85 to 86 degree range. Water color
Most anglers have been reluctant to fight the heat at midday
and have limited their outings to early morning and late
afternoon. A few days lacked a breeze and when temps climb into
the low to mid 90ís without a little wind then itís tough out
there on the big pond!
Crappie have been sluggish lately but the summer bass bite
hasnít been all bad. And, a few catfish have been taken but that
too has been inconsistent.
Itís not unusual for hot and humid weather over an extended
period to curtail activity for the areaís most popular panfish
and that seems to be the case as of late. However, activity
traditionally rebounds in early September as all it takes are a
few days of cooler weather to pull surface temperatures back
down and stimulate activity.
A few rare reports of night fishing have come in from
crappie anglers fishing beneath the lights out over main lake
ledges. And, others boaters early morning hours have managed to
find a few fish in 13 to 14 foot depths with some scattered fish
taken off the deeper sides of ledges in 18 to 20 feet around
Bass anglers are focusing on grassbeds lately as a lot of
vegetation is showing up South of the Paris Landing area around
river islands, flats and in the backs of bays. Anglers are
tossing weedless frogs, rats, floating worms and flukes,
buzzbaits and assorted jerk baits.
The grass continues to attract a lot of baitfish while
offering shade and cover to summer bass.
Other patterns producing have been the popular main lake
ledges where big deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigged worms,
Carolina rigged worms, jig and craw combos, spoons and shad
colored swim baits have worked.
Catfishermen are landing a few scattered fish beneath the
Paris Landing Bridge area and along the main Tennessee River
channel when current is present. Nightcrawlers, shadguts,
chicken livers, and some assorted commercial stink baits have
worked at times.
The extended spell of hot weather hasnít worked in favor of
late summer fishermen and it appears it will linger through next
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