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Your fishing report for December 30, 2016

From the deck of the Kickn Bass pontoon

Just wanted to say that I hope everyone had a great and blessed Christmas with their family and friends!! 2017 is shaping up to be a tremendous year fishing wise! The reports from KDFWR have been great for all species of fish and if this fall and winter foresee what is coming this year it is going to be spectacular. Lets go fishing!!

Let’s Go Fishing Show

The Kick’n Bass crew will be attending the Let’s Go Fishing Show next weekend,
January 6th, 7th and 8th in the St.Louis/Collinsville, IL area. We’ll have a slideshow of the 2016 season, and videos of Rich’s seminar and his episode of Kentucky Afield. Learn how we catch slab crappie by trolling crank baits from the Kick’n Bass Pontoon. Come by booth L5 and talk fishing or just say Hi!

Here is a link to the show’s website….

Lake conditions

Water temps are about 47 degrees in the morning and warming up to about 49 degrees in the afternoons. These temps are perfect for crappie fishing! Weather temps are to be steady for this time of year and New Year’s Day will be close to 60! Water color on the main lake is clear to about 3 feet. Levels are at 355.9 which is about two feet higher than normal for this time of year. The TVA is pulling just enough water to keep the level where it is now for the foreseeable future.

You can view the lake levels here:

Weather forecast

Friday...Sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night...Mostly clear. A 20 percent chance of light rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s.

Saturday...Rain showers likely. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Saturday Night...Cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening... Then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

New Years Day...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 50s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain in the evening. Lows in the lower 40s.

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.


Crappies are still feeding pretty heavy. We are spider rigging anywhere between 8 and 18 feet of water. Jigs with a crappie nibble have taken some fish but tipped with a minnow has been best. Best colors have been Kentucky green, Pearl and Electric Chicken. Fish have been holding pretty tight to cover but on the warmer, sunnier days they have suspended above, and moved out, from the cover. Put in the time and you will be rewarded.

Other Species

I haven’t fished for any other species this month but have seen some very big Largemouth being caught. We have had some very good incidental catches of yellowbass, bluegills and small largemouth while crappie fishing.

KnB on YouTube

Captain Rich is on Kentucky Afield, fishing for crappie on the pontoon! Check it out with other videos, including Rich’s seminar, on our YouTube channel:



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