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Autumn Officially Arrives Tuesday; Cooler Days Coming

Steve McCadams

For September 16, 2020

Seasons are about to officially change on the calendar and for anglers it appears the temperatures are about to follow suit. By later this weekend and early next week the weatherman says nighttime temps will dip down into the low 50’s with daytime highs projected to be only in the mid ... Read More...


Topwater Bass Bite Beginning to Pick Up

Scott McGlinchey

For August 24, 2020

The topwater fishing has really picked up here on Kentucky Lake. On a recent trip between three of us we caught about 40 bass and had 10 nice keepers. Quite a few of the fish were smallmouth. The baits we used were one whopper plopper and two sexy shads. The whopper plopper out fished ... Read More...


New Excel Storm Cat 230 Provides Comfortable Experience While Fishing

Doug Wynn

For August 18, 2020

Hey Y’all from the new Excel Storm Cat 230 “Fishful Thinking”. I appreciate all the e-mails and texts from folks checking on me over the last 6 weeks or so. The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I had surgery in late June then some serious complications and another ... Read More...


White/Yellow Bass Bite Great When Current Present

Rich Bay

For August 10, 2020

From the deck of the Kick'n Bass pontoon We have been fishing exclusively for white and yellow bass since our last report. Some days better than others but when the TVA pulls water thru the dam the bite is great. When they pull very little the bite is slower. We just keep moving and ... Read More...


Fishing Has Been 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' Lately

Eric Ashley

For July 29, 2020

Hello from Kentucky Lake. It was not so long ago when everyone was wishing for warm weather to get here. As best as I can tell, everyone’s wishes have been granted. Being a large fellow, I tend to melt like lard in a skillet on these hot, muggy days. I generally try to beat the heat with ... 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.


Slow Start for the Offshore Bite; Still Ways to Catch Bass

Brandon Hunter

For June 12, 2020

Things are starting to get back to somewhat "normal" after a crazy start to the year due to Covid. I'm pretty sure it's here to stay, but we have to also move along with our lives and just be extra cautious. In recent days, I've had some good days on the water and I've had some very tough days ... Read More...


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...


Ready to Go Fishing!

Josh Lovett

For May 6, 2020

It's been quite a while since I've made a fishing report. With the travel bans and social distancing I have had to cancel most of my spring trips. The fishing was good, and I have had some really big crappie days. We are seeing really good weights compared to the last few years on Kentucky ... Read More...


Blood River Producing Very Healthy Crappie

John Morgan

For April 3, 2020

To say conditions here on Kentucky lake are not ideal is definitely an understatement. Most of the winter we had above average discharge through the lake. Many days were above 200000 cfs. Despite all that flow the TVA did a great job of keeping the water levels low. On March 25th the levels ... 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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