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Great Weather, Good Fishing; Peak Colors Await Anglers

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 10/22/2014

If you’re waiting for nice weather, good fishing and the peak of fall colors then wait no longer. That time is here!
    
Kentucky Lake’s fall fishing scene is calling you. Against a backdrop of abundant colors you’ll find some pretty good crappie and bass fishing taking place.
    
Great weather is in the forecast as temperatures will be somewhat above average for the weekend and could linger into next week. Those jacket mornings and shirt sleeve afternoons are what fall is all about.
    
Lake levels have been falling this week and are down several inches from last week at this time. TVA’s forecast for the weekend indicates the elevation will be down to 354.5 at Kentucky Dam and 354.7 upstream at New Johnsonville.
   
With the reservoir falling back to winter pool levels boaters are reminded to pay close attention to the channel markers. Now is not the time to take those shortcuts between secondary channels or out over flats on the main lake.
    
Water color is clear throughout most of Big Sandy and West Sandy with a little stain present in the main Tennessee River channel areas. Surface temperatures this week have started out around 64 degrees in the morning and warmed to 66 by midday.
    
Crappie fishing has been pretty good and I found several fish in the 9 to 12 foot depth range this week. Some scattered fish were caught in 6 to 8 feet but a lack of cloud cover has made the shallow bite a bit challenging at times plus the falling lake levels likely pulled some fish out of shallow zones.
    
Watch for more fish to move up the next few days as lake levels stabilize. If some cloudy days return he shallow bite will be even better.
    
Tipping jigs with both Berkley crappie nibbles and live minnows has worked at times. And, a few fish were taken on deep ledges too around depths of 17 to 18 feet deep. 
    
Anglers had to battle a few days of annoying northeast winds and high skies in the aftermath of a cool front at midweek which slowed the bite but watch for a quick rebound as nice weather and light winds return.
    
Bass fishing has been fair with most anglers struggling to put consistent patterns together. Finding good numbers of large fish has been difficult.
    
Shallow running crankbaits fished around gravel points and long shorelines have worked at times and topwater has been productive in early morning and late afternoon. Some boats are still working grassbeds with both topwater and spinnerbaits along with some weedless lures tossed over thick vegetation.
    
Not all boats are beating the banks or visible grass as some are working flats and checking out the backs of bays hoping to find some schooling activity. More schools of baitfish have been seen this week so action could improve in the days ahead for shallow anglers.
    
Don’t let these nice days get away from you. Better take advantage of the pleasant conditions while they’re here!

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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.