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Be Aware of Winter Pool Levels

Doug Wynn

For October 14, 2021

Hey from the Excel Storm Cat 230. Wind and weather have ruled the fishing for most days, more so than usual. Last week found us with east wind and tight-lipped crappie. Trolling the ledges produced a few keepers but not much for size. Fishing minnows around stake beds with Livescope was ... Read More...


Fall Fishing Update

Eric Ashley

For October 7, 2021

Hello from Kentucky Lake! With the first days of October here, and November just around the corner, I thought I would take the time and write my last report of the year. Except for the very start of spring, fishing was pretty good this year. I am not saying that I didn’t have, what I consider ... Read More...


Pumpkin Month Popular for Panfish

Steve McCadams

For October 6, 2021

Mention fall crappie fishing and some folks look at you like a cow looking at a new gate! Popular opinion has the peak time for the area’s most popular panfish here on Kentucky Lake occurring in early to mid-April. While spring may always be the most popular season for crappie as the ... Read More...


Kick'n Bass Guide Service Has Been Chasing Yellow and Whites Lately

Rich Bay

For September 2, 2021

Weather has been HOT the last few weeks and we have been chasing whitebass and yellowbass. Fishing has been up and down but some of the KnB toon’s catches have been very good. Starting combo trips soon for crappie/whitebass and what-ever else bites. As always, the white and yellow bass have ... Read More...


August Marks Beginning of Transition for Bass

Scott McGlinchey

For August 23, 2021

Bass fishing in August is a time of transition going from summer to fall. Many shad will migrate to shallow water flats on the main lake and in the back of creek arms and bays.Last year the bass fishing in August and September was better than the last three years due to the increased amount of shad ... Read More...


Early Bite Best Right Now

Josh Lovett

For August 18, 2021

I had a hard time sitting down to write this report. The fishing for this angler has been very up and down. we have had some weather blow through, and I'm not sure if that effected the bite or if we are starting to see the lake turn over a bit.I've been seeing some signs as we usually do late in ... Read More...


Decent Weather Prompts Good Crappie Bite

John Morgan

For March 30, 2021

Finally - we are having some decent weather for fishing. This year started off with a great bite down in Big Sandy and then came the rain. Muddy water slowed everything down for a few days - more so in Blood River than Big Sandy. Here in blood river we still only have 4 to 6 inch visibility. ... Read More...


Water Temps are Heating Up, Bass are Moving Up - Spring is Here!

Brandon Hunter

For March 15, 2021

Here we are in the middle of March with 2020 behind us and we're looking forward to a great 2021 on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. I am happy to see things are starting to green up, water temps are heating up, and bass are on the move. This time last year we didn't have a clue what we were ... Read More...


Using the Minn Kota i-Pilot Link System

Panfish Talk with Doug Wynn

For June 25, 2020

In this week's Video Fishing Tip, Doug Wynn talks about how using the Minn Kota i-Pilot Link System will makes things easier for controlling your trolling motor.


Crazy Weather, Changing Patterns Challenge Anglers

Don Schnuck

For May 8, 2020

Hello to all of our Kentucky Lake fans, and fishing enthusiasts! We hope in these times of uncertainty that each and everyone of you have been able to stay healthy, and continue living a normal life as much as possible. With reopening the guide business, and things hopefully getting ready to ... Read More...


Anglers Can Take Advantage of Cooler Temps

Kirk Weber

For November 15, 2019

Air Temperature: Low 27 High 44 Water Temperature: Low 46  High 53 Water Elevation:  354.5 (Winter pool 354') Water Clarity: 2' to 3' visibility (green stain) Winter jumped on us a little early this year!  Record low temps a few days ago and cooler than normal highs for a ... Read More...


Waypoints: Eliminating Water

Waypoints with Brandon Hunter

For October 24, 2019

Brandon Hunter talks about how you can use your electronics to eliminate water on large lakes such at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.


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