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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/11/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.45   Surface Temperature - 45

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.45  Surface Temperature - 45
Both lakes are one half foot over winter pool.  Gates have been open at both dams this week.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 108,000 - 112,000 cfs around the clock.  Barkley Dam has been spilling at a rate of 52,100 cfs around the clock.  
Both lakes have experienced good current flows over the past couple of weeks due to lakes levels having risen from an influx of water from rain and snow events in the local area and up river.  The TVA and Corps have been pulling the lakes down to get them back in line with normal winter pool levels.  

This current flow is forecasted to continue over the next number of days as water from up river is passed through the lakes.  This current flow, coupled with higher than normal water temperatures for this time of year has resulted in reports of some nice catches of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.  The Crappie bite on the other hand has been reported as dropping off from what it was a couple of weeks ago with the water levels dropping. 
The weather forecast for the weekend is for a 90% chance of rain Saturday  with a high of 64 and low of 41 with  WNW wind at 9. This rain is associated with a frontal passage that will drop the temperatures on Sunday to a high of 42 and low of 29 with N winds at 15 and a 60% chance of rain.  Highs are only expected to be 37 on Monday with a low of 28.  The extended forecast is showing a return to more normal temperatures next week with highs in the 40's and low's in the high 20's.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken deep on main lakes points with Alabama rigs and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in current breaks with suspending jerkbaits. Although I have had a few reports of some anglers having some slow days, I have received a number of reports of good catches of nice fish being taken.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken deep on main lake points with Alabama rigs and slow rolling curly tail grubs.  Smallmouth are also being taken in current breaks with suspending jerkbaits.  Although the numbers of Smallmouth reported are not high, some nice fish are being reported.  
Crappie:  The reports I have received this week indicate that some Crappie are being taken but that the bite is somewhat slower than the limit catches being reported a couple of weeks ago.  This is to be expected when the water levels are dropping as they have been lately.  Crappie that are being taken, are reportedly coming over brush piles in 20-25 ft of water by vertically fishing with small hair jigs and small minnows. 

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