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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 12/02/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 355.37   Surface Temperature - 52

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 355.55   Surface Temperature - 52
Both lakes are about a foot and a half above winter pool and on a drawdown.  Both dams have been spilling water all this past week.  Kentucky Lake has been spilling at a rate between 150,000 - 165,000 cfs around the clock.  Lake Barkley has been spilling at a rate between 60,000 - 72,000 cfs.  

There is strong current on both lakes.  The main lake on Kentucky is clear with some stain in the channel.  The creeks on Kentucky lake are mostly lightly stained to stained.  The main lake on Barkley is stained with feeder creeks being stained to heavily stained.
As I forecasted in last week's report, the front that came through the lakes area earlier this week was a nasty one. We had another 3 inches of rain in the area with even some snow mixed with it.  The temperatures dropped like a rock and the wind was blowing.  This nasty weather kept even the most hard core anglers off the water.  

I also forecasted this nasty front would drop the water temperatures significantly which it certainly did.  Our water temperatures are now 4 degrees lower than this time last week.  The nasty weather did subside over the past two days and allowed for some anglers to get on the water.  The few reports that I did receive in the past two days indicated that there was still some late fall bite to be had on the bass and crappie but the bite had slowed somewhat with the changing weather conditions.    
The forecast for today and the weekend is for highs in the mid 50's with  light winds today and south quadrant winds on Saturday  (14 mph) and Sunday (17 mph).  Rain is in the forecast for Sunday as another nasty cold front approaches the area.  This front is due to come through late Sunday or early Monday.  The forecast for early next week is for more rain and high temperatures in the upper 30's.  No doubt about it...winter is knocking on the door.  
I will be going out on the water today for the last time until next March.  As is normal for me, I do not guide during the winter but will take some time off this month to rest and then start teaching classes on how to find the bass (Eliminating Water) in January.  This will be my last weekly fishing report for the season.  I will however, write a report now and then through out the winter months when there is sufficient reliable information to do so.  
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my great clients this past year.  I would also like to thank all those folks that write me so often to tell me how much they appreciate my no nonsense, candid fishing reports each week during the season.  Even though I will not be on the water this winter, I do get reports from a lot of folks that do fish in the winter when the weather allows, so if you are planning on coming to the lakes to try the winter fishing, feel free to contact me for the latest information I have and also for tips on how to approach the winter fishing here.  

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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.