Explore Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley Fishing
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Contact Us About Us
Switch Mobile/Desktop

Archived Fishing Report

Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 04/05/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.78  Surface Temperature - 62

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.95  Surface Temperature - 64
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool and should begin a slow rise to summer pool within the next few days.  Well, we went from two weeks of record heat here in the lakes area to now subnormal temperatures with the passage of a harsh cold front on Tuesday evening.  

Morning surface temperatures have dropped 2 degrees over the past 2 days and I expect they will drop a few more degrees with the present forecast.  North winds and daytime highs in the 40's and night time lows in the 20's is in the forecast for the next three days.  We had a very good Largemouth Bass bite going in shallow water prior to the front but it has slowed some with the cold front passage.  I am still catching fish without much problem but you need to change up your pattern and slow down your presentations.  

Back off the flats where you were catching fish last week and fish the lead in creek channel banks with slow moving presentations until you find the fish.  I am finding the fish haven't moved out too far off the flats over the past two days.  My best producers over the past two days has been finesse jigs, tube jigs and shakey head worms. The Largemouth should return to a more active bite with the return of warmer weather and stabilized water temperaters next week. 

The Crappie have also slowed down with the frontal passage.  Actually, the Crappie bite had already slowed some over the past weekend as the Black Crappie seemed to have passed the peak spawn for them although some fair numbers were still being taken but they are mostly males.  The White Crappie are hanging in brush piles and stake beds in 9-12 ft of water off the spawning banks.  I would expect the White Crappie to move in to start spawning in numbers as soon as the weather turns back to more normal April temperatures..this is in the forecast for next week.  
Largemouth Bass:  Prior to the cold front Largemouth were being taken on the lead in creek channel banks and secondary points as well as on the flats in the creeks and bays on topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas  and Carolina rigged lizards, Shakey head worms and tube jigs.  Since the cold front passage (last two days) Largemouth are being taken on creek channel banks and secondary points near the flats on finesse jigs, shakey head worms, Texas rigged lizards and tube jigs.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass were primarily being taken on gravel banks in the bays on grubs, jigs and tube jigs.  The Smallmouth Bass are mostly on the spawning beds.  I have not received any reports on the Smallmouth since the cold frontal passage due to the high north winds on Ky Lake over the past two days.
Some of the productive lures reported on the above patterns were:  Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala shadraps in black/silver, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and pumpkin/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnebaits in blue glimmer, Berkley shakey head worms in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass grubs in smoke and Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin and missouri craw.  
Crappie:  The Black Crappie have passed the peak spawn according to all the reports I have received.  Some Blacks are still being taken in shallow water around wood cover and by casting the banks with curly tail jigs and road runners.  Since the cold front passage the bite has dropped off considerably according to everyone I talked to over past two days on the water.  The White Crappie are staged for their spawn and are currently being taken around brush piles in 9-12 ft of water.  The bite has been slow since the cold front passage on Tuesday.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken on rocky creek channel banks and secondary points in the bays by fishing with wax worms on split shot rigs.  

More Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

Now That You're 'Hooked' on Fishing... Come See Us!

If you've dug this deep in our Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley fishing reports, you are probably just itching to come down and visit the South's biggest lakes.  Get started by finding that perfect place to stay!  Find a Kentucky Lake cabin or a Lake Barkley campground, a full-service resort or a marina.  Heck, there are even dozens of hotels off the water to choose from! 

Don't have a boat?  No worries!  Bank fishing is always an option for panfish. But if you're heart is set on largemouth or smallmouth, you can rent a fishing boat at many of our local resorts!

The perfect place to start looking for a place to stay at Kentucky or Barkley Lakes?  Right here on our main lodging page.

Lunch Time!
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Splash! This bald eagle is diving for a tasty fish. Bald eagles use their exceptional eye sight to spot their prey up to a mile away!