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MID-AUGUST ANGLING…PRETTY GOOD WEATHER FOR MID-SUMMER
By Steve McCadams
Updated August 14, 2014
Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene enjoyed a pretty nice week
of weather at a time when the dog days of summer are usually
howling with heat and humidity. Yet fishermen haven’t had to
fight any three-digit temperatures this month and that suits
everyone just fine.
Lake levels this week have been falling slowly but will
stabilize somewhat as the weekend approaches. Projections for
the weekend will be 357.1 at both Kentucky Dam and upstream at
New Johnsonville. Those readings are down a few inches from last
week at this time.
Water color remains clear across most of the reservoir as
only a few light rains have passed through the region.
Surface temperatures are in the 82 to 84 degree range.
The summer bass bite continues as nice stringers are coming
in from anglers working main lake ledges. There has been a
little current this week as TVA continues its winter drawdown
and overall lake levels are about on schedule.
A slow current works in favor of ledge fishing as it
stimulate shad activity and hot on their trail are bass and
other fish that are simply more active. That’s been the case
this week as a few large fish were taken off the deep sides of
drop-offs in depths of 12 to 18 feet at times.
Popular lure choices have been black/blue and green
pumpkin-pepper jig and craw combos, big 9 to 10-inch Texas
rigged worms, deep diving crankbaits, along with both Carolina
and Alabama style rigs.
A few shallow bass are still in the picture too and lower
lake levels continue to expose more aquatic vegetation. Several
flats now have exposed pondweed and spiny leaf type grass mats
that are providing cover for both minnows and bass.
Backs of bays also have quite a bit of grass showing and
that’s also holding bass. Tossing buzzbaits, weedless frogs,
floating flukes, spinnerbaits and various jerk baits around the
parameters has produced.
A few boats are tossing crankbaits around boathouses and
docks and also flipping Texas rigged craws and similar style
baits where shady areas are holding a few fish on bright sunny
days. Crappie action has been fair with scattered fish
coming from main lake ledges in the 14 to 18 foot depth range.
Tightlining minnows around the deep drop-offs has paid dividends
but fish have been finicky at times with very light strikes.
There are still a few fish lingering around midrange
stakebeds and brushpiles in the 12 to 14 foot depths but
scattered best describes them too as it takes a lot of stops to
accumulate decent numbers. Expect to encounter quite a few small
fish this time of year.
Catfish were still hitting pretty good in midrange depths as
crappie fishermen were tying into them on a regular basis, an
indication not all the fish had moved out to their normal
mid-summer river bank hangouts.
A few boats continue to work the main river channel using
bottom bumping rigs armed with nightcrawlers, chicken livers,
cut shad, and various commercial concoctions. Depths of 25 to 35
feet have given up a few fish lately.
Early morning and late afternoon outings have been pretty
good times to beat the heat lately as the overall summer fishing
scene is holding up well.
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