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High Water and Nasty Weather Keep Anglers at Bay

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 12/08/2011

Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has been the victim of another messy week of wet and windy weather. After several days of heavy rains came a cold front and snow flurries entered the picture Wednesday morning. It has not been a good week for fishing.
Topping the fishing scene is a rapidly rising reservoir where flooding conditions across the region have really sent a large volume of water into the Tennessee River watershed.
Lake levels have jumped almost five feet since last week and are above the summer pool mark. Observed elevation at midweek at Kentucky Dam was 359.5 range while upstream at New Johnsonville elevation was reported to be in the 360.1 range. Kentucky Lake was still on the rise as this report was underway.
Water color is muddy to dingy across much of the reservoir due to the massive runoff. Surface temperatures were dancing around the 49 to 51 degree range and will likely cool down by the weekend as chilly nights are in the forecast.
As to fishing patterns the current is a big factor now as the Tennessee River channel is really flowing. Sometimes bass anglers can take advantage of that scenario and find bass stacked in areas where eddies form and deliver a buffet of baitfish.
As to crappie anglers there hasn’t been much to report this week as anglers have dodged the open water due to wind and rain. And, colder weather has separated the men from the boys too. Most anglers are waiting for lake levels to stabilize or warmer weather to return.
Temperatures are expected to moderate by early next week so opportunity could improve in the days ahead but it has been a mean week for most anglers who have opted to say on shore instead of fight the changing conditions.

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