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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/18/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.72  Surface Temperature - 61

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.65  Surface Temperature - 61
 
Both lakes are about 6 inches over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 10,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 12,300 cfs this morning.  

Current Conditions:  Some low night time temperatures earlier this week did drop the water temperatures down 4 degrees from last week's reported temperatures, but they leveled off with the warmer weather the past few days.  Another cold front is going to pass though the lakes area later today and this one will be a strong cold front which should result in some lower water temperatures next early next week. 

The bite is still being reported as scattered and somewhat slow for the most part, but I have received a number of reports of a few schooling fish on secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on squared billed crankbaits and lipless crankbaits but most of these fish are being reported as smaller bass with a few keepers.  There have been some nice individual fish being taken on the Alabama rig but no numbers of these fish are being reported yet.
 
I was only out on the water a couple of days earlier in the week due to a mechanical problem that put my boat in the shop for repair for the past couple days.  We did catch some bass earlier in the week on the lipless and square billed crankbaits on secondary points as well as a few fish back on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top water lures and dead sticked Senko type baits.  We also managed a few Smallmouth on rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays on finesse jigs and tube jigs.
 
I have decided to guide a few days in December since the true fall bite is going to be late this year.  You can find my available December dates at the bottom of this report.
 
The weather forecast for Saturday is for a high of 51/ night time low of 31 with wind WNW at 16 with higher gusts.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of 51/ night time low of 32 with wind NW at 8.  The extended forecast into mid next week is showing day time high's in the 50's/ night time low's in the high 30's with prevailing south quadrant winds.  
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on primary main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays on square billed and lipless crankbaits, Alabama rigs, finesse jigs and tube 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 sticked Senko type baits. 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 finesse jigs and tube jigs. 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, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer and rootbeer chartruese, Bag 5 square bill crank baits and medium running crank baitss in green gizzard shad, Strike King square billed crank bait in perch,  Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and "oops" patterns and Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin black and green pumpkin magic. 
 
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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