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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/08/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.70    Surface Temperature - 56

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70   Surface Temperature - 56
Both lakes are about one half foot above winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 25,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating from 8400 cfs - 17,000 cfs over the past few days.  
The weekend weather outlook is for a warm up beginning tomorrow with highs in the 70's and low's in the 50's with sunny skies tomorrow and Saturday.  Sunday's forecast is for cloudy skies with a high of 69 and low of 49 with a 70% chance of heavy rain.  

Another blast of cold air will be coming into the area late Sunday or early Monday with a cold frontal passage.  The highs from Monday through midweek are forecasted to be around 50 with lows at or near the freezing mark. The wind will be a factor on the lakes this weekend with the winds coming from the South.  The present forecast is calling for S15 tomorrow, S19 on Saturday and S16 on Sunday.  

Make sure you check the latest wind and weather forecasts before venturing on the lakes.  With the lakes at or near winter pool, boaters are cautioned to be careful and use the marked navigation channels.  If you are not sure about the water depth where you are, idle your boat until you know for sure you are in safe water depths.  You should now be carrying a survival package in your boat as we are now have water temperatures that are conducive for hypothermic conditions should you get wet.  

A change of dry clothes, fire starter and high energy rations in a water proof bag can certainly make a big difference if you get wet and stranded on the water and you are not near any populated areas.  Having your cell phone in a waterproof bag is definitely a good precaution also as is letting someone know where you will be launching and fishing as well as the time you expect to return.  
The Largemouth fishing has been spotty this past week with fish being taken from the shallows out to and including the main lake.  We have taken Largemouth on the flats in the creeks and bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, senko baits and tube baits.  Most of these fish were taken around submerged vegetation in the backs of the creeks and coves south of the U.S. 68 bridge.   

There is very little matted vegetation now since the high winds and heavy current early last week tore out the mats, but there is still some submerged vegetation in these areas.  We have also taken Largemouth on primary and secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and jigs.  Another pattern that we have been getting some fish on is ripping spoons under schools of deeper shad near the mouths of the creeks.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays with topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and tube baits.  Largemouth are also being taken on primary points, secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on deeper flats and around the mouths of the creeks and bays by ripping spoons under schools of baitfish suspending over brush piles.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  A few Smallmouth are being taken early in the morning on shallow flats on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and tube baits.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy  and Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft pointers in aurora black,  Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King red eye shad in sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, Lucky Craft 1.5 crankbaits in sexy shad, Bag 5 custom painted medium running crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Strike King sexy spoons in sexy shad, D&L football head and advantage jigs in "oops" and Cumberland Craw, Charmer tubes in green pumpkin and Yamamoto senkos and Yum humdingers in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Crappie anglers are reporting to be taking fish over deep brush piles in 10-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs and minnow jig combinations.  I did get a report of some Crappie being taken as shallow as 7-9 ft on minnows under bobbers.  Crappie anglers are reporting a number of Yellow Bass being taken while fishing the brush piles for Crappie.
I did not get any reports on Bluegill or Catfish this week.

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