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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/11/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.02   Surface Temperature - 58

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.95   Surface Temperature - 58
 
Both lakes are one foot above winter pool and stable.  Normally we reach winter pool (354 msl) during the month of December barring any unforeseen influx of water so I do not expect to see the lakes lowered to winter pool for a few weeks yet.  Kentucky Lake current flow has been averaging around 28,000 cfs around the clock for the past few days.  Lake Barkley has been averaging around 17,400 cfs around the clock for the past few days.
 
We have had some warm but windy days over the past week until a cold front came through the lakes area on Wednesday night.   The wind this past week has been predominately from the south and there has not been a day the wind did not blow in the 15-20 mph range.  

This wind did not keep the anglers off the lakes, but it did keep most folks in the creeks and bays and not moving around much.  The fall feeding patterns are in full swing now so most of the fish are in the creeks and bays right now anyway.  The cold front that hit us dropped the night time temperatures last night to below freezing but the temperatures will start rebounding today with high's in the 60's and low's in the 40's for the weekend and through next mid week.  

The story for this weekend will be more wind.  South winds are forecasted to be over 20 mph with gusts over 30 mph on Saturday and Sunday.  Anglers are cautioned to plan their trips accordingly as these type winds can make for some very rough water on the main lakes.  Boaters are also cautioned that we are in the water temperature ranges now for hypothermic conditions and with the winds we are having they should be prepared in case they have an accident or get wet.  A survival kit in your boat with a change of dry clothing, fire starter, dried soup and cell phone are highly recommended.  One should note that the cell phone should be kept in a waterproof bag to insure they stay dry.  
 
The Largemouth bite continues to be best in the creeks and bays as they are feeding up for the on coming winter.  The gizzard shad have now moved into the creeks and bays in larger numbers and with them has come more of the larger fish in the 4lb plus range.  Schools of Rockfish (stripers) and Hybrids are now showing up in the creeks and bays also to add to the fun.  

Most of the Crappie reports indicate they are still being taken over brush piles and deep stake beds in the 10-15 ft range but I have received a number of reports of Crappie being taken in the 6-8 ft range over brush also.  Most of the Smallmouth reports indicated they are still being taken on the main lake points but a number of Crappie anglers are reporting to be hooking up with some nice Smallmouth in the deep brush and stake beds on minnows while fishing for the Crappie.
 
Largemouth Bass:   Largemouth Bass are being taken on secondary points and associated creek channel banks in the creeks and bays as well as on the flats in the coves and back halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish on the points and banks are being taken on suspending jerk baits,  Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. The fish on the flats in the back halves of the creeks and bays are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and then on Alabama rigs,  spinnerbaits, lipless and shallow running crankbaits, swim baits, and spoons.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early in the morning, suspending jerk baits, crankbaits, jigs and spoons.  Smallmouth are also reportedly being taken on minnows by Crappie anglers fishing brush piles and deep stake beds in 10-15 ft of water.      
  
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:   Lucky Craft Gunfish and Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon,  Zara Spooks in white, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer , Norman Deep Little N in rootbeer,  Strike King 1.5 series in green gizzard shad, Strike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and blue/chrome,Alabama rigs baited with Big Hammer swim baits,  Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, pearl and bay smelt, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin with matching Net Baits trailer, Charmer Shaky Head worms in bama bug and green pumpkin candy.
 
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are still taking their fish in the 10-15 ft depths reported last week while fishing over brush and deep stake beds but a few of the folks are saying they are catching Crappie in the shallower brush around 6-8 ft deep early in the morning and late in the evening.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles and minnows and also minnows  fished under bobbers.
 
White Bass  Whites are being taken on the flats in the back halves of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These schooling Whites are being taken on inline spinners, spoons and small crankbaits cast into and around the feeding fish.  
 
Rockfish/Hybrids:  Schools of these fish are showing up in the creeks and bays now and feeding on schools of shad.  Watch for diving gulls as a good sign these fish are up feeding.  
 
Bluegills:  Bluegills are being taken around brush piles and deep stake beds in 10-15 ft of water on small jigs tipped with worms worked near the bottom.  
 
Catfish:  I did not receive any reports on the Catfish this week, but we are still catching one or two nice Catfish most days while bass fishing on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  

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Kentucky Lake Sunset
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