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Fall-Like Weather Thrills Anglers
By Steve McCadams
Updated July 17, 2014
Letís hear it for the weatherman! This
fall-like weather in mid-July has been quite a surprise for
most anglers but no one is complaining.
Low humidity and below average
temperatures this week suited most fishermen just fine.
Early morning activity required a long-sleeve shirt most
days as night temps dropped to the mid to upper 50ís across
the Kentucky Lake region.
Light northwest winds influenced
surface temperatures slightly as the lake was in the 81 to
83 degree this week. Water remains clear across most of the
Lake levels are down a few inches from
last week at this time and forecast to be 358.6 at Kentucky
Dam this weekend and a bit lower upstream at New
Johnsonville where elevation will be in the 358.2 range.
Catfishermen had some improvement
earlier this week when increased current entered the picture
along the main Tennessee River channel. Some decent numbers
were taken in depths of 25 to 35 feet around the Paris
Landing Bridge area and elsewhere along channel cuts.
Nightcrawlers have been the popular bait lately.
Summer crappie scattered a little this
week but are still biting. The best days have been those
with light winds and cloud cover. Those conditions seem to
stimulate the bite as stagnant conditions and bright sun
cause the fish to take on a sluggish attitude.
Depths of 13 to 16 feet have been
productive at times but a few fish have dropped back to the
18 to 20 foot range on the deep sides of drop-offs. Live
minnows are still working well or jigs tipped with minnows.
Bass fishing dropped off a bit this
week as it seems the fish had a mood swing at times. Several
fish had been relating to main lake ledges and humps in
depths of 12 to 15 feet but seems the fish adopted a
sluggish attitude when the cooler weather arrived.
Still in the arsenal for summer bass
fishing have been big Texas rigged worms in the green
pumpkin-pepper and red-shad colors, chartreuse/white and
blue/white shad variations on big deep diving crankbaits,
Carolina rigs, jig and craw combos, shad colored swim baits
and some big spoons.
Some fish are still running pin
minnows in shallow areas such as visible grassbeds and
around piers and docks. Tossing spinnerbaits and Texas
rigged worms was still working as were assorted topwater
plugs such as buzzbaits, floating flukes, and other jerk
Mayfly hatches were inconsistent this
week but a few were seen on the main river area around
Cypress Creek and south toward Leatherwood and Danville
When cool fronts and high skies
descend itís not unusual for fish to back off a bit. That
barometer plays a big role in fish feeding patterns. Watch
for action to improve by the weekend as cloudy days and
light rains enter the picture.
(Additional updated outdoor
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outdoor columns and news tidbits appear each Friday in the PARIS
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