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Fall-Like Weather Thrills Anglers
By Steve McCadams
Updated July 23, 2014
Summer weather has returned to the Kentucky Lake fishing
scene this week after fall like conditions descended last
week but the overall report is a pretty good one.
Anglers got spoiled last week when
cool mornings required long sleeve shirts and the weather
picture was a bit surreal for mid-July. Normal temps
returned the last few days as warm and humid conditions
Lake levels have been falling slowly
and are pretty much on schedule for TVAís drawdown curve
that began in early July. The reservoir is down a few inches
from last week at this time as a slow but steady drop is
Projections for the weekend will see a
reading of 358.1 at Kentucky Dam and 358 upstream in the New
Johnsonville area. Water color remains clear across most of
Surface temperatures reflected last
week cool snap and were in the 80 to 82 degree range at
midweek but will likely rise a few degrees by this weekend.
Crappie continued to bite pretty good
this week but some fish have backed off into deeper water.
Several fish were residing on the deeper sides of main lake
ledges in depths of 17 to 22 feet this week. The falling
lake levels likely pulled a few fish out of shallow to
midrange depths lately but a few were still being caught in
stakebeds and brushpiles around the 14 foot depth range.
Those live minnows or jigs tipped with
a minnow are still the best bet.
Bass fishing is holding its own with
more fish taken in shallow water lately. No doubt the cool
spell influenced that too as some decent stringers were
taken by anglers tossing spinnerbaits, various surface
plugs, Texas rigged worms and shallow running crankbaits.
Pitching and flipping worms and craws around boat docks have
worked too as those schools of pin minnows are using the
shade and bass are staying with them.
Seems most folks think deep water is
the ticket when hot weather arrives but in reality, finding
the forage is the key. If you find the minnows youíll find
the bass and sometimes those shallow weedbeds, boat docks,
and blown down trees pay dividends even on hot days.
Drop offs are still giving up fish
too. Itís not unusual for decent stringers of bass to be
taken in both shallow and deep water this time of year on
A little current has been present at
times and that seems to have helped ledge fishing on the
main Tennessee River lately. Big Texas rigged worms, spoons,
giant crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and craws, and jig
and craw combos are still producing as are some swim baits.
Catfish action has been fair with a
few more fish now occupying their normal summer haunts along
the main channel in depths of 25 to 40 feet. Nightcrawlers,
chicken liver, shad guts, and some big minnows have worked
Scattered mayfly hatches are still
underway along the main river channel banks and islands from
the state line area south toward Bass Bay. A few bass and
bluegill have been taken around the flies too.
The dog days of summer are fast
approaching. Donít let their barks take a bite out of your
fishing as itís been pretty good out there lately.
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