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Anglers Bounce Back from Cold Snap

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 11/14/2013

Winter weather slipped through the door earlier this week and pretty much sent anglers back to the bank to put another log on the fire.  Yet warm weather regained its grip quickly and by this weekend temps are expected to rebound to the upper 60s and low 70s.
Fall conditions chased away the cold front but not before bone chilling winds and below average temperatures descended at midweek, putting a chill on the fishing scene. Bass and crappie anglers should see normal temperatures return quickly and fishing should resume, although some rain is in the forecast later this weekend and early next week.
Lake levels fluctuated a few inches this week and rose back to the 354.5 level at Kentucky Dam. Upstream in the New Johnsonville sector elevation is projected to be 354.6 as the weekend approaches. Those readings are still near the low ebb of winter pool and could increase this weekend if rains descend.
Water color remains clear across the reservoir. Surface temperatures dropped this week in the aftermath of the severe cold front. Readings fell into the 52 to 55 degree range, which is down several degrees from last weeks mild conditions.
Crappie action was fair prior to the cold front and should rebound by this weekend as winds will return to a southerly flow and warmer temps return. With some cloudy, rainy days ahead it could deliver some good fishing conditions as those days with low pressure usually stimulate activity for both bass and crappie.
The weatherman indicates some wind may enter the picture as temps warm this weekend and by the middle of next week another cool snap enters the picture.
Meanwhile, some of the better catches of crappie have been coming from deeper drop-offs on the main lake where depths of 15 to 22 feet have given up decent numbers. Finding some deep stumps or manmade brushpiles and stakebeds in the deeper venues has been the most productive territory.
There are still some crappie scattered about midrange depths, however, as a few stakebeds and brushpiles in the 8 to 12 foot depths have given up some fish. Its taking a lot of stops to accumulate numbers in the midrange depths but some rainy days might see that zone improve.
Most anglers are tipping jigs with Berkley crappie nibbles or adding a minnow to entice bites.
Bass were relating to gravel roadbeds, rocky points, and sloping gravel banks prior to the cold front and that bite should return by this weekend. Shad colored crankbaits have been working well as have lures like Strike Kings Red-eye shad and Bill Lewis Rattle Traps in shad colors.
Spinnerbaits were still working too around grassbeds as a lot of  vegetation was showing up in the low water around island rims and flats south of Lick Creek and down around Bass Bay, White Oak and further south toward New Johnsonville where more vegetation is showing.

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.