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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/21/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.59  Surface Temperature - 55

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature  - 55
Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating between 28,000 - 59,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating between 8,700 - 17,800 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.  

Certainly we all need to be aware that our water and air temperatures are now in the ranges that hypothermic conditions are present.  Now is the time to make sure you have a survival kit in your boat to include a change of clothes, fire starter and make sure you keep your cell phone in a waterproof bag.  Let someone know where you are going to be fishing and when you will be coming off the water.  
I mentioned in my last report that if you wanted to get in on some of the late fall fishing here you should try to get on the water earlier this week because the winter type weather was just around the corner.  

Well, we have an arctic front that will be passing through the lakes area tonight and the cold weather is coming in behind it.  The forecast for tomorrow is a high of 55 and a low of 37 with wind NNW14 and 70% chance of rain.  Saturday is showing a high of 45, low of 23 with wind NNW17.  Sunday is forecasted to have a high of 38, low of 26 with wind NNE9.  The extended forecast into mid next week is for high's in the low 40's and night time low's in the lower 30's.
Although the weather was somewhat more hospitable early this week after the terrible storms of last weekend, the wind was a factor and kept a lot of folks off the water.  I did not get out myself the past few days as I have been teaching my Eliminating Water Class but I did have a few reports from some folks that did find some areas out of the wind to catch some fish. 

The reports I received indicated that the patterns had not changed since my last report with most of the bass being taken in the creeks and bays as they were feeding on schools of shad but that the feeding activity was scattered and it was reported to be feast or famine.  The reports also indicated that the bite is better around mid day when the water is at it's warmest.  Spinnerbaits and flat sided crankbaits were reported to be the best producers on the schooling fish with some single fish being taken here and there on topwater lures on shallow flats.  

Crappie anglers were reporting a scattered bite also with one or two fish here and there.  Most of the Crappie anglers were reporting finding their fish suspended over brush piles in 15-20 ft of water and were taking them while spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows.  
This will be my last weekly fishing report until the first week of March next year.  I do not guide in the winter time and I don't write fishing reports without good verified information.  I will write an occasional report this winter when I do have enough verifiable information.  I will however, be teaching my class (Eliminating Water) this winter. Of course you are always invited to contact me for advice or just to talk fishing anytime.

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White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.