March 8, 2005
Chilly and Breezy, partly cloudy day. Air temp was a low of 28 and a high of 45. Wind was North at 15 MPH. Water temp was 50 degrees.
Whew! Winter sure has a mean after bite. I awoke this morning to freezing temps and a brisk wind. The thought crossed my mind to call the day off. My clients however, were raring to go, and I'm glad we did! We ended the day with 40 nice Crappies and a promise from my clients that I'd see them again. We had above average size fish, one was well over 2 lbs.
I started the morning fishing shallow brush on 8ft flats near deep water. This pattern produced well for the past week. We caught eight good size Crappie in two stops. We then fished brush in 12ft of water 2/3 of the way back in bays. We caught keeper fish here also, but no big numbers or size. We then tried deeper brush in 20ft of water. This is where we had our best action and best size fish, mostly White Crappies.
We caught the more shallow fish by swimming a 1/16 oz chartreuse & pink jig purchased at Baits N Bullets in Aurora, KY. The deeper fish bit best by fishing the same jig with a lift-fall motion.
March Crappie fishing on Kentucky Lake can give you some extremes in weather (last week 60 degree temps, this week 40 degrees). Given normal water conditions, I find this month to be consistently good fishing.
Concerning bass fishing.....check out my fishing report next week. My first guided bass trip of the season is tomorrow. I have an order to fill for a big Smallmouth. I did see a couple 6+ lb Largemouths weighed in at a small tournament held at Kenlake Marina, so I'm hopeful.
Captain Kirk, out.