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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/04/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.33  Surface Temperature - 68  

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.25  Surface Temperature - 68
 
Both lakes are at winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 13,800 cfs early this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,900 cfs early this afternoon.
 
General Conditions:  Up until today we had record or near record high temperatures in the 80's all week.  This of course did nothing in the way of bringing the water temperatures down, in fact the water temperatures went up a little.  So, we are still in the patterns of early fall transition as far as water temperatures and fish movements are concerned and the bite remains scattered and slow.  

We had a few days over the past week with a little more than a limit of keeper sized Largemouth in the boat but we had to work for them and other days it was just a few fish in the boat.  Our best bite overall was going with top water early in the morning and then fishing under the schools of small white bass and yellow bass on the flats when they were actively chasing schools of small shad.  Most of our fish came by fishing with weightless dead stick baits under these fish but we did manage a few on lipless crank baits and spinner baits on this pattern. 
 
We had a weak cold front pass through the lakes area last night and the air temperatures have dropped back some but we are still above average for this time of the year.  The water temperatures are running about 9 degrees above normal for this first week in November.  The forecast for tomorrow (Saturday) is for a high of 67/ night time low of 44 with wind NE at 4.  Sunday's forecast is showing a warm up with a high of 70/ night time low of 46.  The extended forecast through mid next week is for day time high's in the low 70's and night time low's around 50 with light 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 weight less dead stick 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 and minnow rigs fished vertically.  The Crappie bite is reported as fair to good.
 
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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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.