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the two crappie varieties.
And then perhaps an unexpected
wrinkle last season the first of consecu-
tive big spawning classes of white crappie
began growing into the lake's 10-inch
minimum size limit threshold. Somewhat
suddenly, a good bit of that white crappie
magic was back. The water wasn't murky
green like it was in the 1970s, but anglers
fishing deeper water again were hauling
generous catches of white crappie out of
Kentucky Lake again. Meanwhile, the
black crappie were still there, too.
The offshoot of the cyclic swing of the
lake's crappie is that local and visiting an-
glers alike experienced a superior year for
crappie catches, one of the best in many
seasons. Fisheries biologists say the cur-
rent bulge in the white crappie population
can be expected to carry crappie fishing at
an elevated level for seasons to come.
The extent of Kentucky Lake's habitat
and sheer elbowroom make techniques for
crappie fishing, too, a matter of choice.
On any given day a certain tactic may be
superior, but in general crappie anglers
with favorite methods usually can fish it
their way and have results to show for it.
The common method of minnow fish-
ing under a bobber with pole and line
around shoreline cover a stereotypical
spawning season approach of decades ago
might not fly like is used to because of
today's clearer water. Yet, minnow fishing
in deeper water, especially around brush
piles or stake beds along creek channels
might pay handsomely.
Jig fishing by tight-lining with one or
more long jig rods is more common
nowadays. Likewise is casting and retriev-
ing jigs on light spinning or spincast gear.
For relatively shallow water particularly
in pursuit of clear water-favoring black
crappie casting jigs or live minnows
under a bobber may do the trick.
Increasingly, many Kentucky Lake crap-
pie anglers have gravitated to multiple
pole trolling slow "spider rig" trolling
with jigs splayed ahead and around a boat,
or even longer-line trolling with a verita-
ble school of jigs being pulled behind a
boat moved by electric trolling motors.
If you can get your piscatorial sights off
black bass and/or crappie, a warm weather
mainstay species that can give you all the
Kentucky Lake fishing you might endure
is white bass. "Stripes" to the locals, these
predators can be caught well most of the
year. But they tend to shine when sum-
mer's heat is on.
White bass most certainly are schooling