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Expansive Kentucky Lake home to bountiful Crappie in Tennessee

Posted: July 1st, 2016 by Bill Dance

Kentucky Lake is the Crappie Capital of America and I feel very lucky this big, beautiful body of water is in my home state of Tennessee.

Fed by the Tennessee River, the lake is 160,000 acres in size and has more than 2,300 miles of scenic shoreline.

And though crappie is king, the reservoir is also very well known for its bass, catfishing, bluegill and other fisheries.

The Tennessee Valley Authority elevation curve begins to rise annually in April and typically the lake is raised to summer pool by May 1. This is an elevation of 359 ft. which is approximately five feet above winter pool.

As it starts to rise, crappie fishermen move in to fish the shoreline habitat like weed beds, buck brush, gravel banks and points.

Bass anglers do the same thing, by the way.

The shallow waters begin to collect more and more fish, as they make their spring migration inward from greater depths, and the fishermen follow suit.

Once April gets underway the crappie, King of the Panfish, go into the peak of their spawn, traditionally around the time the dogwoods bloom. Of course, the peak depends largely on the weather patterns for a particular year, and this year everything seems to be running about two weeks behind.

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