Good Weather, Good Fishing Continue; Bass/Crappie Bite Still On
Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 11/03/2011
Bass and crappie anglers had another nice week of fishing conditions as the fall fling has been a good one with hefty stringers being caught. With the exception of a messy day on Thursday where wind and rain slipped in the door, it has been great weather. Forecasts for the weekend indicate sunny skies and mild temperatures will return. Highs are expected to be the upper 60’s and perhaps eclipse the 70-degree mark by Monday. Overall the weather has been working in favor of fishermen these last few weeks. Lake levels going into the weekend will see a slight rise as elevation at Kentucky Dam will be in the 355.3 range. Upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels are projected to be in the 355.2 range. Those readings are up a few inches from last week at this time but no significant changes are expected. Surface temperature has been in the 57 to 61 degree range this week. Water color remains clears. Crappie fishing is holding up to its fall reputation with some good stringers taken this week in a variety of depths. Size has improved too as a lot of fish are now eclipsing the minimum 10-inch length limit, a sign that good numbers of fish have experienced good growth rates during the fall fishing season. Abundant schools of threadfin shad have been roaming the bays and main lake flats so the forage base appears to be in good shape, a scenario that benefits bass and crappie. Depths of 8 to 12 feet have given up good numbers of crappie this week. Stakebeds and brushpiles in that midrange depth have been quite productive throughout the fall. Some deeper ledges showed improvement this week as good numbers of fish were caught by anglers working the main lake drop-offs. Submerged structure in the 14 to 18 foot depths gave up some nice fish too as anglers were tightlining jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Tipping jigs with Berkley Power Bait crappie nibbles continued to appeal as well. Popular jig color combinations have been some white/orange, blue/chartreuse, dark green and chartreuse, and some clear skirts sporting metal flake, just to name a few. Bass action was pretty good with shad colored crankbaits still producing on a consistent basis when fish on sloping gravel points, roadbeds, and rocky points. Some blue/chartreuse and crawfish colors were working too. A few fish were taking topwater jerk baits at times such as Zara Spooks, Pop-Rs, and Chugg Bugs. Also floating fluke style works have produced. Some schooling fish were still showing up on shallow flats and back in the big bays where abundant shad schools were attracting attention. Tossing Rattle Traps, Red-eye shad, and similar style baits in chrome/blue, Tennessee shad and such color variations were popular. More attention continues for the new and popular Alabama rig too as some recent tournament wins by anglers using the schooling type bait presentation is catching the curiosity of most all bassers.
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