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ANGLERS HOPING FOR COOLER CONDITIONS AS FALL NEARS
By Steve McCadams
Updated October 16, 2014
In the aftermath of heavy rains
earlier this week Kentucky Lakeís elevation has changed
dramatically after sleeping near its low ebb of winter pool
for quite some time.
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Changing lake levels and unstable weather are somewhat
unusual during the fall months but stability has not been on
the radar screen for anglers lately. It has been a weird
week of weather. From heavy rains and gale force winds to
dropping temperatures courtesy of a cold front, both the
fish and the fishermen have been a bit confused by it all.
Iíve battled the challenges since last week and gone from
wearing no coat to an overcoat and raincoat. The weatherman
has served up a potpourri of forecasts lately.
Not to worry, however. It appears nice weather is already in
progress, paving the way for a decent weekend and a return
to normal conditions. In fact, the long range forecast
indicates pretty weather will last well into next week.
Fall colors should be beautiful these next two weeks along
the shores of Kentucky Lake too. Thatís another good reason
to take advantage of fall fishing.
Lake levels this week are up significantly from last week at
this time. TVAís forecast for the weekend indicates the
elevation crested at midweek around 356.2 range and should
fall back to 355.3 at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New
Johnsonville lake levels will be in the 355.7 range. Those
readings are up over a foot from last week.
There is a lot of current in the main Tennessee River channel
since TVA is discharging a huge volume of water since the
heavy rains. Watch for the reservoir to be back down close
to winter pool by the middle of next week barring any
Surface temperatures responded to the cool front and have
dropped to the 68 to 71 degree range. Water color is a bit
stained in the backs of most creeks and bays where feeder
ditches delivered some runoff earlier this week. The main
lake portion of Big Sandy remains clear while some stain is
present in the Tennessee River where a little current is
Crappie fishing has been pretty good despite inclimate
weather that added high hurdles to the fishing scene in the
form of whitecaps and blowing rain. That made it difficult
for fishermen to work some open water areas and hold the
boat over structure at times.
Some decent size fish are coming in from anglers working
stakebeds and brushpiles in the 9 to 12 foot depth
range. A few fish were taken in 7 to 9 foot cover on the
cloudy days and shallow zones should continue to pay off as
surface temps fall back into the normal fall range.
Tipping jigs with live minnows and Berkley Power Bait has
been appealing to finicky crappie. Popular color choices
have been black/chartreuse, blue/chartreuse and watermelon
just to name a few.
Bass continue to play games with anglers as fish are somewhat
scattered. Several patterns are producing but numbers have
been off a bit for most. Fall is a time when bass anglers
might find shallow running crankbaits worked around gravel
banks pay off while tossing spinnerbaits and worms around
grassbeds works too.
At the same time some topwater action is part of the approach
as are some deep crankbaits and jig and craw combos worked
slowly over main lake ledges. All are different but still
produce during a fall day.
Not many fish have been schooling over flats and in the backs
of bays where grassbeds are found but that can change
quickly this time of year as baitfish pile up in backs of
The next two weeks should offer some good fishing for both
bass and crappie as it appears stable conditions will enter