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Bad Weather Week for Anglers But Conditions Improving

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 12/01/2011

Late fall fishing has been at the mercy of the elements again this week as a drastic changed arrived Sunday, sending temperatures down over 25 degrees from Saturday’s high that reached the 73 degree mark. Despite being warm late last week prior to the weather change there were gales winds that hampered anglers.
The past week has not been good fishing conditions but conditions were moderating on Thursday and warm weather is expected this weekend prior to a cool snap and some rain coming in Monday.
Lake levels have changed a bit since heavy rains turned to snowflakes on Monday. It’s somewhat surprising but Kentucky Lake hasn’t jumped much in elevation the last few days as TVA is really discharging a lot of water through Kentucky Dam.
Evidence of that is reflected in the difference in elevation between Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville. Elevation at Kentucky Dam was 355.4 at midweek whereas upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels were higher and reported to be in the 356.7 range.
With TVA pulling a lot of water through the system there is significant current in the main river, a scenario that will likely continue for several days. 
Water color isn’t too bad with a slight stain showing throughout Big Sandy and most of the Tennessee River. Surface temperatures had cooled to the 50 to 52 degree range.
Crappie anglers didn’t have much to report this week due to inclement weather but action was in the process of improving as this report was updated.
A few bass were showing up from anglers working the down current sides of islands and rocky points. And, some shad colored crankbaits were still producing on gravel banks and rocky bluffs.
Sauger haven’t shown up for most anglers as a few boats were testing the water at Paris Landing bridge and further south near Danville and New Johnsonville and Duck River.
Fishing this time of year depends on the mood of the weatherman!

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