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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/01/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.75  Surface Temperature - 60
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.65  Surface Temperature - 60

Both lakes are about one half foot above winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 45,700 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,700 cfs this morning.  The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.

Current Conditions:  We have had some cold below average temperatures over the past week and this has dropped the water temperatures about 5 degrees since last week's report.  This is a good thing in that it puts us more in line with water temperatures we would expect to have to get the fall bite going, but we are still finding the bite slow and scattered on the north end of both lakes.  This is probably due to the rapid drop in the water temperatures.  A large two day tournament out of Kentucky Dam this past weekend was won with about 22lbs.  This is an average of 11 lbs per day.  A smaller one day tournament of 26 boats was won with 3 fish with only 6 boats weighing a fish.  

The better bite is still being reported on the south end of the lakes.  The FLW Costa Series National Championship will be launching out of Paris, Tn tomorrow.  Reports indicate that most of those folks are practicing south of Paris in search of a better bite.  It will be interesting to see how these folks do overall as there will be some of the best professional anglers in the country fishing this tournament.

We have a warm front setting up just south of the lakes today and this is going to bring us warmer temperatures through the weekend.  Forecasted high temperatures in the 70s and lows in the low 60's are forecasted starting tomorrow though the weekend with chances of rain and scattered thunderstorms each day.  This forecast has been changing almost hourly for the past day or so.  Anglers should check the latest forecast before venturing on the water as this type of warm up this time of year can bring some nasty storms and south winds.

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.  The bite is overall slow and scattered.  

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.  The bite is overall slow and scattered.

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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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.