August 28, 2014 - by Kentucky Lake Guide Steve McCadams
AWAY GOES AUGUST…HOT WEATHER TAKES TOLL ON FISHING
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 season.
Kentucky Lake’s 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 remains clear.
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 90’s without a little wind then it’s tough out there on the big pond!
Crappie have been sluggish lately but the summer bass bite hasn’t been all bad.
And, a few catfish have been taken but that too has been inconsistent.
It’s not unusual for hot and humid weather over an extended period to curtail activity for the area’s 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 deep structure.
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 hasn’t worked in favor of late summer fishermen and it appears it will linger through next week.