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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/27/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.48  Surface Temperature - 65
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.15  Surface Temperature - 65

Both lakes are basically at winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 31,200 cfs this morning. 

Current Conditions:  Below average temperatures earlier this week dropped the water temperatures 5 degrees since my report last week.  Although the bass bite has still been scattered and overall slow this past week with still only a few limits coming in to weigh-ins last weekend, I did notice some movement of some larger shad schools into the creeks and bays this week.  The current forecast would indicate that the water temperatures should continue to drop over the next week and hopefully this will move us closer to having a better fall bite as the fish start feeding up for the up coming winter months.  Although we found the bite to still be scattered, we did have some luck on top water lures, lipless crank baits and spinner baits this week so hopefully this is a trend that will continue to get better as the water temperatures drop.  

We have a cold front moving through the lakes area this morning with dropping temperatures through out the day and rain is in the forecast for this afternoon and tonight.  The weekend outlook is showing some cold temperatures and most likely the first freeze of the season.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 50 with a night time low of 31 with wind NW at 10.  Sunday has a forecasted high of 54 with a night time low of 38 with wind W at 10.  Monday's forecast is showing a high of 63 with a night time low of 38 with wind SW 10-15.  Another cold front is forecasted to move through the area late Monday afternoon bring more day time temperatures in the 50's and low's in the 30's thought mid week.

Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on medium running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, shaky heads and tube jigs.  A few Largemouth are being taken in shallow cuts on the main lake as well as on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on top water lures, lipless crank baits and Senko type baits near isolated wood cover.  

Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake points and rocky secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on shaky heads and tube jigs.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken around submerged crappie beds in the creeks and bays on shaky heads and ned rigs.

Crappie:  I had a few reports of Crappie now being taken around submerged brush and stake beds in 7-10 feet of water in the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with tube jigs and tube jigs tipped with minnows.  The reports indicate numbers of small fish are being taken with some occasional nice fish.

Productive Lures: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King spash baits in white, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Strike King square billed crank baits in sexy shad, Bandit medium running crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse,  Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer,  D&L jigs in "oops" and Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in Cumberland craw and mustang, Charmer  timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer slim daddy's in blue craw and green pumpkin on shaky heads and Charmer tubes rigged stupid style in green pumpkin/blue tail and green pumpkin/orange.

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Elk Herd
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This herd of female elk are enjoying a winter's day in the Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes.