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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/20/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.17  Surface Temperature - 71

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.00  Surface Temperature - 71
 
Both lakes are at winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 20,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 9,000 cfs this afternoon. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm
 
Current Condtions:  The water temperatures dropped down to 69 late last week but then here came near record high temperatures and high south winds last Sunday and this continued all through this week until today.  The warm up brought the water temperatures back up to present levels.  

I reported in last week's report that we were in the early stages of the fall transition with the first large schools of young threadfin in the creeks and the larger shad roaming the main lake which has the bass scattered as is the bite.  I also reported last week that after day 1 of the FLW BFL tournament, that over 100 boats out of 180 boats weighed 2 fish or less as indicative of this scattered bite.  

The final results of the tournament after 3 days of fishing showed that it only took just over 15lbs a day average to win the tournament.  It only took a little over 13 lbs a day average over the 3 days for 5th place.  Only 3 boats in the top 12 weighed in a 5 fish limit each day over the 3 days.  I read one recent report that said there were a lot of huge bags weighed in that tournament.  Obviously, we have different standards.  I expect this scattered bite will continue until the water temperatures finally cool down enough to get more fish into the creeks and we start seeing some schooling.  
 
The high winds kept us off the water a couple of days this past week but we did manage to get on the water a few days.  As I stated before, we are still in the early stages of the fall transition and the fish remain scattered.  Our best patterns this week were some early morning top water, finesse baits on seconday points in the creeks and bays and working under the schools of surface feeding White Bass in the creeks and on the main lake flats where there are some bass taking advantage of the injured shad being knocked down to them by the Whites.  
 
Two cold fronts moved through the lakes area today.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a day time high of 62/ night time low of 39 with wind NNW11.  Saturday's forecast shows a day time high of 65/ night time low of 47 with wind W7.  Sunday's forecast shows a warming trend back to our normal temperatures for this time of year with a day time high of 74/ night time low of 51 with wind SW11.  The extended forecast is showing day time high's in the low 70's/ night time low's in the 50's with light winds.  
 
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on main lake flats, main lake points and shallow pockets on the main lake near deep water. These fish are being taken on top water lures, spinner baits, lipless crank baits and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on shallow flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as well as the coves in the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and square billed crank baits. Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays on medium running crank baits, finesse jigs and shaky heads.
 
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as rocky secondary creek channel banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, finesse jigs, shaky heads, dead sticked senko type baits with some early and late topwater lures. 
 
PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft sammy and gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Whopper Ploppers in natural shad patterns, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer and rootbeer chartruese, Bag 5 square bill crank baits and medium running crank baits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns, Charmer shaky heads worms in green pumpkin.
 
Crappie:  Crappie are being taken over brush piles and submerged stake beds in 9 - 12 ft of water in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken by spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows.  
 
White Bass: White Bass are being taken on main lake flats as well as along the ledges on the main lake on inline spinners and minnows fished vertically. Whites are also being taken on medium depth flats in the creek and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry. These fish are being taken with same techniques aforementioned techniques. There are some jumps on both the main lake flats and in the creeks and bays where these fish can be taken by casting inline spinners, blade baits and small topwater lures into the surface feeding schools.  

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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.