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    Default Lake Cumberland Report-11-13-19

    Hey folks, I fished Lake Cumberland this past Wednesday. It was 11 degrees when I got up and a balmy 14 degrees when I unloaded my boat at about 9:00am. I had been catching fish the last couple of trips in about 6 to 8 ft of water, so that's where I started....but the fish did not cooperate. The water temp had dropped from about 60 degrees the previous week to a cool 47.5 when I started fishing. The water level had also dropped. Finally, about 10:30am I caught my first keeper. That fish came 3 ft deep on a jig. Thinking that the bright sunshine might be moving the fish up, I placed a small float about 2 ft above my jig and continued fishing. I ended the day at 3:30pm with a limit of 20 really good crappie. All in all I had caught 37 keepers, 4 small fish and three bass. I was fishing in one of the creeks off the main lake and noticed that as I moved further and further up the creek, the shad minnows became more and more plentiful. The last hour or so of fishing, I was catching good crappie about 15 to 18 inches deep in 4.5 ft of water. I know lots of people believe in fishing deep for crappie this time of year, and normally I would do the same. But this year, ever since July, I have been catching really quality crappie in C/Land fishing shallow in shallow water. That has continued from summer right thru the fall and now into this colder weather. I use to know an old man who fished the kentucky lake portion down around the Paris/ Big Sandy, TN area and caught a lot of good crappie and he never, ever fished deeper than 8 ft. In fact, most of his fish were caught (year round) in the 4 ft depth range. He said he always found crappie in shallow water. I really never believed it....that is, until this year.
    Capt. Steve Spitzer
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    Hey Steve. Thanks for the fun read. Miss your reports on Ky. Lake. You left just in time. Still looking at Cumberland!!
    Life is Good !
    2018 Kentucky & Tennessee Crappie Masters State Champs!

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    Sounds like a blast. Thanks for posting.

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    Thanks for the report.
    Yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a retirement plan...FISHING!

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    Thanks for the report.... and good info. I need to try fishing shallow more often, I'm always the guy out there deep

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    I found the same thing over the weekend. I went out Saturday and fished the main lake targeting brush piles in 15-20 FOW and did not catch any fish.
    Went out Sunday and went back into a shallow creek and caught close to a limit in 6-8 FOW with fish ranging in depth from the bottom to as shallow as 12".

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