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Anglers Ride Waves of Weather Patterns

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 10/29/2014

Kentucky Lakeís fall fishing scene this week started off with above average temperatures and mellowed out at midweek but the weekend forecast indicates a dose of winter weather may enter the picture. In fact, a big change in temperatures is already in progress.
    
From windy, warm and wet to cold, crisp mornings; thatís what anglers have encountered this week as it has been a roller coaster of conditions. In-between the extremes were a few days of nice normal weather and both crappie and bass fishermen took advantage of it.
    
Lake levels this week slept around the winter pool mark and havenít fluctuated much. Elevation for the weekend will be in the 354.8 range at Kentucky Dam. Upstream at New Johnsonville lake levels will be in the 354.6 range. Water color remains clear.
    
Surface temperatures warmed slightly to start the week off in the 67 degree range but cooled to 65 at midweek. Watch for a two or three degree drop by the weekend as the cold front will pull surface temps back into the low 60ís.
    
Crappie fishing was fair this week but anglers had to battle more wind than they bargained for. Fall isnít normally a season of instability but it seems conditions have rotated with one or two nice days each week sandwiched in-between several days of unruly weather.  
    
A few good size fish were taken in 8 to 12 foot depths and some had even moved up to 6 to 7 foot depths in the Paris Landing sector. A few boats were still working main lake ledges at times and finding some scattered fish in 10 to 14 foot water but windy days kept a lot of boats off main lake areas where whitecaps were dancing.
    
Jigs tipped with Berkley crappie nibbles seem to be the bait of choice, although some fish were opting or live minnows at times.
    
The overall crappie bite lately has been a bit off as numbers have been a bit below average. On days when light winds and cloud cover were present the fishing improved.
    
Bass fishermen are still finding enough action to keep them interested but that too has been a bit below average as the bass have been sluggish as have the crappie.
    
Some topwater action was underway in the early mornings and late afternoons as fish moved up on shallow gravel banks in hot pursuit of shad. Shallow running crankbaits were still productive on rocky points and along gravel as were some suspending jerk baits.
    
A few bass were showing up in the backs of bays where aquatic vegetation was present. Some schooling activity was taking place and anglers tossing rattle trap style lures and some spinnerbaits were scoring.
    
Grassbeds are still abundant along the main river shorelines and island rims. Bass are still relating to the grass too.
    
A few boats continue to toss big crankbaits, Carolina rigs and Alabama rigs, and jig and pig combos on drop-offs as well.
    
Although a drastic weather change will put a chill in the air this weekend, it appears mild weather will return by early next week as temps are expected to rebound back to the mid to upper 60ís soon.

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!