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Falling Temps/Lake Levels Hard on Anglers

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 01/24/2013

Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has been a tough one this week for anglers as falling temperatures and lake levels teamed up to provide quite a challenge. Cold weather slipped in the door on Monday and has hung around all week.
Added to the winter weather woes have been falling lake levels as TVA attempts to pull the reservoir back down to the winter pool elevation after a dramatic increase in the aftermath of last week’s flooding across the region.
Lake levels jumped fast last week as muddy runoff entered the system and caused the reservoir to jump some four feet above normal but TVA has really been flushing water through the system this week. Elevation was changing on a daily basis and quite a wall of water has been coming down the Tennessee River from upstream as elevation has varied some three feet or more between Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville.
Projected lake levels going into the weekend will be 354.8 at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville the elevation will be in the 357.8 range. Surface temperatures cooled off this week with the influence of the cold front and are now in the 38 to 42 degree range.
Main lake areas remain quite dingy but most of the bays are beginning to clear as falling lake levels have pulled muddy water out of feeder creeks and coves this week.
Another cold front was in progress as this report was underway but moderate temperatures are expected to enter the picture next week, a change which will lure crappie and bass fishermen back out on the lake.
Some crappie anglers have been out recently and testing the water anyway but success rates have been low according to most reports. Bass anglers have been in the same boat this week.
Watch for the fishing scene to improve next week as lake levels return to normal and mild weather returns to the fishing scene.

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.