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Bass Fishing Tops Weekly Report

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 08/15/2012

Some pretty nice days have greeted anglers this week as lower temperatures and diminished humidity have worked in favor of fishermen, an unusual scenario for mid-August. Several mornings have been cool as cloud cover gave it a fall feeling for a few hours before the sun kicked in at midday.
Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has been dominated this week by good bass reports from anglers taking advantage of cooler conditions and current along the main river that seemed to stimulate the bite. From main lake ledges to relatively shallow grassbeds patterns, consistent catches have been reported.
There have been some cloudy mornings where topwater action was underway for anglers tossing buzzbaits and assorted jerk baits around the edges of grass where schools of baitfish were abundant. Floating fluke style worms and Texas rigged worms have worked too as have chartreuse and blue skirted spinnerbaits with gold willowleaf blades.
For deep water patterns the big Texas rigged worms in 10 to 11 inch lengths continue to produce. Deep diving crankbaits in shad variations have produced too as some bass are schooling and pushing shad up on the shallow sides of drop-offs at times.
Carolina rigged worms were still working on the deep ledges as were some drop-shot presentations.
From the crappie department comes word of a few scattered fish taken by anglers spider rigging in the West Sandy and Big Sandy area around midrange depths of 9 to 12 feet. Down around the Paris Landing sector fish seemed a little deeper as anglers there were taking some keepers from 10 to 14 foot depths around stakebeds and brushpiles.
A lot of anglers are tipping jigs with live minnows and finding success with that presentation while some are fishing live minnows exclusively.
Some boats were working deeper ledges and tightlining jigs and bumping bottom with double hook rigs in depths of 18 to 22 feet where action was fair. Big numbers of crappie have not been showing up the last two weeks.
Catfishing along the main river channel banks has been fair this week and the steady current has seen some increase in activity. Most boats are working the edge of the main river channel where feeder creeks emptied into the main channel.
Sightings of white bass in the jumps have been rare and overall action has been slow.
Lake levels continue to be somewhat unusual for mid-August. Elevation this week is still a few inches above normal as thunderstorms upstream continue to dump water into the TVA watershed. Water color has been clear.
Observed elevation at Kentucky Dam is projected to be in the 358.5 range as the weekend approaches. Upstream at New Johnsonville readings are in the 358.3 range.
Cooler nights and moderate days have seen surface temperature moderate into the 85 to 86 degree range.

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