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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/08/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.95   Surface Temperature - 51

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.00  Surface Temperature - 51
 
Both lakes are one foot above winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of just over 45,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of just over 18,000 cfs this morning.  
 
Current Conditions:  I did not publish a report last week as I was in Florida enjoying a week of quality time with my grand kids and that is one of the few things that takes preference over my being on the water chasing the bass.  I did however receive a lot of reports from folks last week and this week that were out there on the lakes taking advantage of the late fall bite.  Although none of the reports indicated big numbers of fish being taken, the reports did indicate that bass were feeding and most people were getting at least a limit.  

The most productive techniques being reported are suspending jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs fished on main lake points and channel swings as well as secondary points and creek channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  Largemouth and Smallmouth both have been taken on these techniques as these fish are feeding up for the on coming winter.  
 
The bad news is that winter is coming quick with dropping temperatures in the forecast with some less than favorable fishing conditions.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 34/night time low of 22 with wind NW at 5.  Saturday's forecast is for a high of 39/night time low if 31 with wind SE at 5.  Sunday's forecast is for a high of 39/night time low of 37 with an 80% chance of rain with wind S at 8.  There is a slight warm up forecasted for Monday and Tuesday with high's in the upper 40's but rain is forecasted also each day.  The next Arctic front is coming in at mid week with forecasted a forecasted high of 28 on Wednesday with a chance of snow showers.  
 
With the nasty forecast for the next number of days, my clients that I have booked for the weekend and next week are going to just reschedule our planned trips to next spring.  This will be my last weekly report for this winter unless I have what I consider to be enough reliable information to publish an accurate report.  If you are planning to be out on the lakes this winter, feel free to contact me and I will give you the latest information that I have on hand that might point you in the right direction.  I will be, as I do each winter be offering my Eliminating Water Class.  You can see information about this class at the end of this report.

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Paddleboarding
Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.