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kentucky lake

Discussion in 'Fishing Reports - Out of State' started by sauguy, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. sauguy

    sauguy river & muskie angler, dayhiker

    planning on going to kentucky lake in mid april. anyone have any pointers or locations to fish. will be fishing mostly bass and crappies. will be putting in around paris landing tenn.
  2. We are heading down on the 5th April right after work to Jonathan Creek area. Will be guided the first day and then fish the rest of the week on our own. They are starting to slay the Crappie and Bass this week. I'll post whatever we find out.

  3. Hatchetman

    Hatchetman Senior Member

    Hey King....Myself and 3 friends are going down for a week starting May 7th. Would appreciate any help you can give. We'll be staying in Johnathon Creek area. Thanks in advance....Pete AKA Hatchetman
  4. Kentucky Lake lived up to its reputation last week. Gstrick and myself were there for 4 days of crappie fishing through two days of wind, rain and lightening, and two days of sunny, warm, calm weather. 12 hours of fishing per day and 14+ hours on the last day. It was great!!
    We caught easily over 100 crappie and kept 58 mega-slabs. Mostly very aggressive black crappie. There were a only a few ten inchers, and the average was 13 inches. About a dozen at 14-16 inch range. The heaviest was a big 15 1/2 inch female white crappie at 2 lb 0 oz. Gstrick lost one at the boat that was bigger for sure.
    They have a yellow striped bass biting at the same times and places and we caught a bunch of those as well.
    The cleaning table was backed up each night with similar catches. We fished minnows under the bobber and practiced a bit with jigs and Gstrick's special jig-flies. More experienced crappie anglers relied more on the slow jig retrieve and did better than us in the sunny conditions. On Friday we were killing them with the bobbers in morning cloud cover and then the sun popped out and put them down. We did not know to switch to the jigs, or really have any experience using them. But next time we'll be ready for that.
    There are quite a number of spider riggers in that area (as many as ten poles) and they came in to the table close to creel limits.

    The crappie are expected to move close now, but can be found in 8-12 feet of water at 3-4 feet down. Our catches came in close in 5-6 feet of water at 3 1/2 feet deep.
  5. sauguy

    sauguy river & muskie angler, dayhiker

    thanks for the report. heading down there this sat. hope we do as well.
  6. chaunc

    chaunc Staff Member

    Heading down friday for a week. Thanks for the report.
  7. Great job guys. Nice slabs for sure.