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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

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

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.44  Surface Temperature - 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.45  Surface Temperature - 65
Both lakes are a few inches over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 11,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,900 cfs this morning. 
General Conditions:  We had above average temperatures and light winds early this week but a couple of dry cold fronts have passed through the area over the past couple of days and dropped the temperatures.  This has dropped the water temperatures to present levels which is certainly a move in the right direction toward getting our water temperatures in alignment for the fall feeding pattern to begin.  

We are still running about 8-9 degrees above normal for this time in November.  The bass bite is still scattered and slow as I have been reporting for a while now.  The Murray State Invitational tournament was held last weekend on Kentucky Lake with over 20 boats.  The report I received was that the tournament was won with around 13lbs and that there were no 5 fish limits weighed.  The Murray State bass team had a club tournament on Lake Barkley last Sunday and it was reported to me that 7 lbs won that tournament with no limits weighed.  
The good news is the forecast.  If the present forecast holds, we should see the water temperatures continue to drop and hopefully this will move us into a true fall pattern of more actively feeding schools of fish.  If anyone remembers, this same pattern of high water temperatures occurred last fall and the true fall bite did not begin until after Thanksgiving once the temperatures finally reached fall feeding temperatures.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 57/ night time low of 33 with wind NE at 8.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of 62/ night time low of 39 with wind S at 4.  The extended forecast into mid next week shows seasonable temperatures with daytime high's in the low to mid 60's/ night time low's in the mid 40's with another dry cold front coming through the area on Tuesday bringing more north quadrant 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 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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