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Weird Weather Hampers Anglers

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 01/31/2013

It has been a topsy-turvy week of weather for the Kentucky Lake fishing scene after severe storms moved through at midweek, dropping temperatures and upsetting the apple cart of anglers hoping warm weather would linger.
Balmy warm weather dropped in for a two-day visit earlier this week as temps climbed to 70 degrees on Tuesday but by midweek there was a 25 to 30 degree drop. Winter weather returned with a vengeance in the aftermath of high winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rain that kept fishermen off the lake the last few days.
Lake levels have been falling on a gradual basis for over a week after Kentucky Lake jumped some four feet above winter pool two weeks ago. Elevation was projected to be 354.7 this weekend at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville TVA projects the elevation will be 356.
Heavy rain across the region will continue sending runoff into the Tennessee River so expect significant current to remain in the main channel for the next week or so. Lake levels may rise a few inches the next few days.
Water color was dingy in the main river but had cleared some in the bigger bays this week as falling lake levels pulled muddy water out of secondary areas.
Surface temperatures rose some this week into the 45 to 48 degree range but will likely fall back a few degrees as cooler conditions are expected to hang around for several more days. It appears winter will hold its grip until at least the middle of next week but the long range forecast appears to have mid 50’s returning.
Some crappie were taken during the brief few days of mild weather this week but some windy conditions challenged anglers by midday. Depths of 17 to 20 feet produced a few fish.
Bass fishermen were playing the current in some areas and working sandbars with Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs, and some jig and pig combos but success was limited.
Winter sauger fishermen are still not finding many fish playing their game either. Action has been slow for most sauger anglers the last two months.
It has been another mean week of weather for winter fishermen yearning to get out on the lake but it’s that time of year when conditions can be nasty at times. Hang in there as moderate weather and stable lake levels will return at some point.

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