Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart - Published on October 21, 2018
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.54 Surface Temperature - 66 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.65 Surface Temperature - 66 Both lakes are one and one half feet above winter pool. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 51,000 cfs this morning. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 22,400 cfs this morning. As the lake levels drop boaters should be cautious when navigating the lakes. There are a number of areas where old foundations, stumps, humps and ridges are just waiting to ruin your trip and cause damage to you and your boat. If you are not familiar with the lakes, follow the navigation buoys and be very careful when navigating outside the buoys. Current Conditions: Below average temperatures day and night time temperatures have continued though out this week with cold fronts moving through the lakes area every 24-48 hours. Water temperatures continue to fall with current water temperatures being 9 degrees cooler than as reported in my report last week. These cold nights are dropping the water temperatures in the shallows every night about 2-3 degrees and the schools of shad that were there are responding to these drops and moving out deeper but moving back shallow to feed as the water warms back up late in the morning and afternoon. The extended forecast is showing that this weather pattern is going to continue for the foreseeable future. The shallow top water bite I was getting before this continuous passing of cold fronts has all but disappeared. Most of the fish we have taken this past week have been taken on rocky creek channel banks and associated secondary points as well as rocky primary points on the main lake. Our best bite has been on slower finesse techniques such as Ned rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigs and finesse jigs. Keeper bass have been scarce for the most part but we are managing to catch some numbers of short fish most days. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on rocky creek channel banks and associated secondary points as well as primary points on the main lake. These fish are being taken on Ned rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigs and finesse jigs. We have taken a few fish on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays but this bite has been inconsistent and scattered this past week. The few fish we did take shallow were on topwater lures with a splash bait and walking bait. SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky river channel points and banks on the main lake and rocky secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on ned rigs, shaky heads, tube jigs and finesse jigs. PRODUCTIVE LURES: Strike King splash baits in white, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong's jigs in mustang, Zman TRD in green pumpkin on ned rig, Yamamoto Senko in green pumpkin/black, green pumpkin magic on shaky heads. Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and green pumpkin blue on Carolina rigs.