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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/07/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.39  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.35  Surface Temperature - 60
 
Both lakes are at winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rates of just over 40,000 cfs over the past couple of days.  Barkley Dam has been varying generation between 8,500 -17,400 cfs over the past 24 hours.  

With the water levels now well below summer pool, boaters should be cautious about navigating outside of the marked channels.  Just because these are big lakes does not mean they are deep lakes.  Certainly, nothing can ruin a fun fishing trip quicker than a damaged lower unit or even worse an injury caused by striking an unseen underwater object.  
 
The weather overall has been fair this past week but we have had a few windy days that has kept us off the water.  The bass bite this week has continued to be spotty although we have had a few days where we found some actively feeding schooling Largemouth.  We did see more topwater activity this past week back in the shallows on some schooling bass and also some nice single fish.  

Most of the bass anglers I have talked to this week are either reporting a slow bite or just fair  overall which is pretty much what we have seen in my boat also here on the north ends of the lakes.  The better bite is still being reported on the south end of Kentucky Lake where there is still some grass which is concentrating the fish.  The weather forecast for the weekend looks good with tomorrow showing a high of 60 and low of 42 with wind SSE9.  Saturday's forecast is for a high of 66 and low of 43 with wind SSW16.  

Keep an eye on the wind forecast for Saturday... and plan your trip accordingly.  Sunday is showing a high of 61 and low of 36 with wind N7.  Monday is currently showing a great day to be on the water with a high of 66 and low of 40 with wind SSW6.  A nasty cold front is forecasted to hit the lakes area early in the coming week and the forecasts for Tuesday and Wednesday are showing highs in the 40's and lows in the upper 20's.   
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on primary points at the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These deeper fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays as well as some fish being taken on shallow flats on the main lake.  These fish can be taken on topwater lures, square billed and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swim baits.  Our most productive lures this week on this pattern was lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits on schooling fish.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel and rocky points early and late in the day on topwater lures with some crankbait bite and then on finesse jigs and tube jigs during the day.  We have also been taking some keeper Smallmouth in the creeks and bays on rocky channel banks on crankbaits, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  
 
Some productive lures reported this week are:   Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Bag 5 custom painted square billed crankbaits in blue glimmer, Bag 5 custom painted Strike King Red Eye shad in blue glimmer, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin on Texas rigs, D&L baby advantage jigs in Cumberland Craw and "oops" patterns as well as Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin.  
 
White Bass: White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays schooling of gravel banks and over shallow humps.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small crankbaits.  White's are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons in the creeks and bays.

Some larger White Bass are now schooling on active days on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays.  There are some Rockfish and Hybrids feeding in the back halves of the creeks and bays also on active bite days.   

Crappie: Crappie are being taken by vertically fishing with jigs tipped with minnows over brush piles in 12-15 ft of water around the mouths and front halves of the creeks and bays.  Crappie are also being taken by casting jigs to brush piles in 8-10 ft of water in the creeks and bays.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on the old river channel ledges in 25-35 feet of water using nightcrawlers and cut baits.  The best bite is during periods of current. There are a number of Channel Catfish cruising the shallow flats in the backs of the creeks and bays and feeding on schools of baitfish.  We have taken a number of these Catfish lately on crankbaits while fishing for bass. 

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