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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/27/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.05  Surface Temperature - 67

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.10  Surface Temperature - 67
 
Both lakes are at winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 24,500 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 6,300 this afternoon.  
 
Current Conditions:  The big cold front that came through the lakes area last weekend did manage to lower the water temperatures about 4 degrees but they leveled off this week with some warmer temperatures.  The forecast for the next few days is showing above normal temperatures again which I am sure won't do much for getting the water temperatures down to normal levels.  

Water temperatures are about 6-7 degrees above normal for this time in October so we are still in transition from summer to fall patterns and the fish remain scattered.  Tournament weights are still down as anglers are finding it tough to put together a solid consistant pattern from day to day.  We have been catching some fish but we are having to adjust from day to day and hour to hour in many cases to put a few bass in the boat.  Last weekend I saw the results of 3 tournaments and one of them was won with 12lbs and two of them were won with 9 lbs.  We should be seeing about 18lbs winning right now in most tournaments.
 
The forecast for tomorrow (Friday) is for a high of 75/ night time low of 57 with wind SSE at 4.  Saturday begins the warming period with a high of 83/ night time low of 62 with wind SSW at 14.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of 84/ night time low of 62 with wind WSW at 8.  The extended forecast into mid next week is showing day time high's in the low 80's/ night time low's around 60 with south winds each day.
 
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.  The bite is slow and scattered.
 
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.  The bite is slow and scattered.
 
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, Yozuri popping baits in ghost lemon,  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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Geese
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

These geese float gracefully on a warm autumn day. Honker Lake was actually named for the number of Giant and Interior Canadian geese it attracts.