Lodging Fishing Attractions Towns & Bays Dining Events Real Estate Maps Lake Conditions

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

Archived Fishing Report

Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/19/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 355.94  Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.80  Surface Temperature - 58
 
Both lakes are two feet over winter pool and on a drawdown.  The lakes are now dropping about 6 inches a day as the TVA continues to pull the water back down after the lakes flooded two weeks ago.  We should see some stability in the water levels as they reach near winter pool sometime early next week barring any more large influxes of water.  

The Largemouth Bass fishing has been good for numbers but numbers of quality fish are still evading most anglers.  The best bite this week has been early in the morning and late in the evening on the flats in the creeks and bays as schools of Largemouth are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish have been good on topwater walking baits this week along with some on spinnerbaits and flat sided lipless crankbaits.  

Although not many fish over 3lbs are being taken on this pattern, good numbers are being taken.  The bigger Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and lead in channel banks but they seem to be scattered. The pattern for the larger fish I was running before the draw down of ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits in deeper water under schools of shad has slowed this past week with the deeper shad seemingly being scattered due to the draw down.   

I have yet to run into any schools of 4lbs plus fish this fall back shallow, probably due to the fast dropping waters we have had this past week or so.  Hopefully the fish will settle down with more stable water levels in the coming week.  The White Bass are also being taken back shallow as they school on the baitfish.  We also are continuing to catch some big Channel Catfish on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays while fishing with spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits for Largemouth.  

Although I have not received any reports on the Catfish this week, I would expect one could do well with some jugs lines in the back halves of the creeks and bays right now.  The weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday look good with highs in the mid 60's and lows in the mid 40's.  The Sunday forecast is for highs in the upper 50's with a slight chance of showers.  Water temperatures are in the ranges now for some great late fall fishing and the forecast is good so this would be a great weekend to get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.  

Please be aware that the water temperatures are now in the range for hypothermic conditions should you have a mishap on the water.  Take precautions to have a survival kit with you in the boat and let someone know where you are going to be fishing and your expected return time as well as have them check to make sure you made it off the lakes safely.  
 
FLASH:  I would like to remind all the hunters out there that discharging your firearm toward the water is inviting disaster.  There are a lot of folks fishing on the lakes.  Last week while in Ginger Bay someone fired two shots, deer hunting I assume.  Obviously the first one missed their target and ricocheted off the water about 30 feet from my boat.  Remember, it is not worth a chance for a shot at a deer to risk the life of an innocent bystander if you miss.  DO NOT SHOOT TOWARD THE WATER PLEASE.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and flat sided crankbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays on secondary points and lead in channel banks on topwater lures, crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and shaky head worms.  Some Largemouth are also being taken along creek channels in 12-18 ft of water by ripping spoons and lipless crankbaits under the deeper schools of baitfish.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been spotty but some fish are being taken on the main lake points and first secondary points in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, tube jigs and grubs.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearly lemon and aurora black, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Lucky Craft pointers in chartreuse shad and aurora black,  Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin candy, Zoom trick worms on shaky head jigs in green pumpkin.
 
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reporting the fish to be scattered with the drawdown but some good fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnows over brush piles in 10-15 ft of water along the old creek channels in the creeks and bays.  The reports indicate that the best pattern is to move from one spot to another as they are getting one or two fish off one spot and then moving.  I would expect the Crappie bite to get better as the water levels settle down.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are schooling on baitfish.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners, slow rolling curly tail jigs cast into the feeding schools of fish and also by vertically jigging small spoons  and inline spinners under shad schools in 8-15 ft of water.  

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.


White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.