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Is Honeymoon with Weather About to End for Anglers?

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 12/05/2012

The first week of December has been a carbon copy of the wonderful weather enjoyed by anglers throughout November but is the honeymoon about to end?
Rain is expected for the weekend with cooler conditions entering the forecast for next week, a change which may interrupt the long stretch of unusually mild weather and above average temperatures that have spoiled fall fishermen here on Kentucky Lake.
Light winds and warm day have dominated this week and crappie anglers have taken advantage of it as several boats have been out and about. On Monday temperatures broke records across the region with a reading of 74 degrees in some areas.
Temperatures have actually been above average for the last week to ten days when readings were in the low to mid 60s as November handed off the fall fling to December.
Good stringers have been taken again this week throughout Big Sandy and into West Sandy where deep water zones continue to produce.
In the Paris Landing area crappie continue to relate best to the deep sides of main lake ledges where depths of 17 to 23 feet have been holding pretty good numbers. Most fishermen are tightlining jigs or using bottom bumping rigs armed with live shiner minnows to stalk the submerged stumps and brush on the deep side of the drop-off.
While a few fish have been taken in stakebeds and brushpiles in midrange depths of 9 to 13 feet during the warm spell, falling lake levels this week appeared to pull fish back toward deeper hideouts. Some bays such as Leatherwood, Lick, Cane, Hurricane and White Oak have given up some crappie lately too.
Speaking of lake levels, TVAs projections heading into the weekend may be anticipating rainfall as the elevation has been falling slowly all week but on a gradual basis toward winter pool. Elevation is expected to be 354.9 this weekend at Kentucky Dam.
Upstream in the New Johnsonville area lake levels are forecasts to fall down to 354.7 level, which is several inches lower than last week at this time. Water color remains clear and surface temperatures have danced around the 52 degree mark.
Bass fishermen are still darting up and down the lake as though it were early fall. A lot of anglers are beginning to work main lake drop-offs along the river channel with Carolina rigged craws, jig and pig combos, and some finesse baits worked slowly in deeper areas.
Some boats are still targeting grassbeds where tossing chrome and blue Rattle Traps, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged worms are working.
Crankbaits on gravel points and big rock banks are also worthy of consideration in the late fall patterns.
Still not much coming in from sauger fishermen but a little current in the river this week may work in their favor.
It appears the weather will change a bit by next week but anglers cant complain as things have gone their way for several weeks running. And, odds are some mild weather will return to the fishing scene in the near future.

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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.