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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/25/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.43  Surface Temperature - 57

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.45  Surface Temperature - 57
Both lakes are a few inches over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 12,700 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 9,100 cfs this afternoon.
Current Conditions:  The big cold front that came through the area last weekend finally dropped the water temperatures enough to get the fall feeding patterns going abiet about a month later than normal.  It took 39 lbs on 10 fish to win a club classic on the north ends of the lakes last weekend with some other nice bags coming in also.  

The colder night temperatures have kept the shallow water bite somewhat scattered and slow but the bite on the main lake primary points as well as the secondary creek points and channel banks in the creeks and bays has picked up considerably.  These fish are being taken on a number of techniques, but the most productive bite has been on crank baits, spinner baits and Alabama rigs this past week.  Jigs, shaky heads and tube jigs have also been producing some fish as well as some scattered suspending jerk bait bite.  
The weather forecast for this weekend looks pretty good for some fall fishing with Saturday's high forecasted to be 55/ night time low of 32 with wind SW at 3.  Sunday is also looking good with a forecasted high of 57/night time low of 44 with wind S at 7.  Heavy rain is in the forecast for Monday with wind from the SSW at 19.  
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on primary main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays on square billed and medium running crank baits, Alabama rigs, spinner baits, 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. 
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 suspending jerk baits, crank baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs. 
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, Lucky Craft pointers in chartreuse shad, Bandit crank baits 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 6 - 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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