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Bluegill Bedding Continues/Catfish Bite Good; Stable Lake Levels Too!

Steve McCadams

For May 18, 2022

You can’t reverse the aging factor but you can feel young again when fishing the peak spawning time of bluegill. Seeing that bobber disappear over and over will ail whatever bothers you! Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene has been the beneficiary of another week of stable lake levels and summer ... Read More...


A Week to Remember

Doug Wynn

For May 16, 2022

Howdy from the Excel Storm Cat 230. Ever have one of those weeks you wish wouldn’t end? It might be during the holidays or vacation. Mine has been this past week. I got home every afternoon and was so worn out; it was a struggle to get the boat set up for the next day’s trip and batteries ... Read More...


May Fishing Update

Eric Ashley

For May 15, 2022

Hello from Kentucky Lake! Since I last checked in we have had - what I consider - a windy of an April as I can remember. Cold front after cold front saw winds howling out of the south, to howling out of the north. This pushed myself and many other anglers from being able to fish where I wanted ... Read More...


Bass Spawn Well Underway

Scott McGlinchey

For May 9, 2022

The largemouth bass spawn has been well underway as they started on or about April 21 or 22. So far, since the spawn has started, I have been out every day except for one. The bass fishing has been really good. The spawning period lasts about one month and is usually over by about the middle of ... Read More...


Pulling Crankbaits Producing Some Good Crappie

Rich Bay

For April 13, 2022

From the Deck of the Kick'n Bass Pontoon Where is spring? The weather has been cold, wet and windy most days. But the forecast looks to be improving! The wind has pushed me off the lake a couple times but fish are there to catch. Boat control can be a problem when the gusts get high so knowing ... Read More...


Spring Fishing Update

John Morgan

For March 23, 2022

This spring has started off with some less than ideal weather and water conditions. Two weeks ago we had water levels 4 feet above winter pool. Then this week we were back down 4 feet to just above winter pool. This on top of stained to muddy water color has sure made for some challenging fishing. ... 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...


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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