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Fishing Yields to Winter Weather

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 12/26/2012

Winter weather has dominated the Kentucky Lake fishing scene the last week or so, keeping most anglers at bay and dodging cold, windy conditions. A drastic change in the weather earlier this week pretty much shut down the winter fishing scene.
It appears more cold weather will linger as the weekend approaches, keeping most anglers indoors and waiting for better days. Gale force winds and bone chilling temperatures seem to be paying anglers back for earlier this month when mild weather dominated for several weeks.
Lake levels have been rising since last week as some rain entered the picture both here and further south in the TVA valley. Kentucky Lake has been about 2  feet above normal winter pool elevation lately but was expected to crest at midweek and begin falling slowly the next few days.
However, the recent rains and snow melt may keep the lake a bit above normal winter pool elevation well into next week if not longer.
Observed elevation going into the weekend will be 356.1 at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the elevation is a bit higher with readings in the 356.6 range. There is quite a bit of current in the main river channel as TVA is discharging over 90,000 cubic feet per second, which is more than enough to create current in the reservoir.
Surface temperatures had been in the 48 degree range earlier this week but will be falling drastically each day.
Prior to the cold front crappie anglers were still scoring decent stringers but anglers pitched in the towel once the weather worsened. It may be several days before things settle down but watch for winter crappie to resume biting when that happens as the deeper ledges out in the main lake should be productive.
With falling lake levels underway and cooler surface temperatures entering the picture anglers can expect the deeper venues to pay off.
Sauger fishermen are still singing the blues as they have not fared well this year. Despite some decent weather earlier this month and the return of current in the main river channel the sauger have not shown up.
Bass anglers were still working main lake ledges and playing the current some with Carolina rigged craws and Alabama rigs, along with some finesse baits worked slowly. Once warmer weather returns bass anglers will rebound too.
Until weather changes in favor of fishermen the best bet is to put another log on the fire and ride it out.

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Elk Herd
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This herd of female elk are enjoying a winter's day in the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes.