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Fall Fishing Update

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 09/25/2014

Kentucky Lake anglers are in their first full week of fall fishing and it got off to a cool start. A cold front  dropped temperatures earlier this week and began the new season with brisk northeast winds before a midweek warmup returned.
    
Surface temperatures this week were starting out in the 73 degrees each morning and warming to about 76 by midday. Some fog has greeted anglers in the early morning hours.
    
Lake levels continue their descent toward winter pool and are down a few inches from last week. Projections for the weekend will be a reading of 355 at both Kentucky Dam and New Johnsonville. Water color remains clear across the reservoir as not much rain and runoff have occurred. 
    
Fall crappie fishing is holding up pretty good and will continue to improve as surface temperatures fall back toward the upper 60s and low 70s. 
  
 Fish have been a bit scattered this week but the aftermath of a cool snap with high skies and a couple days of northeast winds likely played a role in the sluggish mood as activity showed improvement at midweek once southwest winds returned.
    
Once cloudy days and light winds enter the picture the fish seem to perk up. Fish are residing in the 12 to 14 foot depth range with a few taken in 5 to 9 foot stakebeds and brushpiles. Falling lake levels throughout the week likely pulled a few fish out of shallow areas but now that stable lake levels have returned look for
more fish to sprint back toward shallow venues.
    
I found a decent grade of fish this week taking black/blue, black/red and some unpainted leadheads tipped with minnows. Vertical presentations around submerged structure has paid dividends but there were several days when the fish were skittish as strikes were very light.
    
Bass activity has been fair again this week and those anglers would like a few cloudy days too. Some surface activity has been underway a few mornings before the sun gets up. Shad have been working the gravel banks and around the parameters of grassbeds.
    
On the bright days seems surface action diminishes quickly once the sun peaks out and baitfish go down. Tossing spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms, and some weedless lures has worked as well.
   
A few boats are still banging away at main lake ledges and holding on to the summer patterns of jig and craw combos, Alabama rigs, big crankbaits, Texas rigged worms, and some swim baits.
    
Watch for increased activity around gravel banks and shallow flats as a few fish school and bust shad on the surface in the weeks ahead. Some of that activity has already been underway.

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