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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/31/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.75   Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.80  Surface Temperature - 66
Both lakes are slightly less than one foot above winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 53,000 cfs over the past 12 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating at an average of 17,200 cfs over the past 12 hours.  

With the lake levels down, everyone needs to be cautious when navigating the lakes. Use the navigation channels unless you know exactly where you are and if you are not sure, idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water. 
Unseasonably warm weather last weekend served to raise the water temperatures a couple of degrees but a cold front that passed through the lakes area on Tuesday brought with it some colder days and nights which resulted in a drop in water temperatures to present levels.  

Another strong cold front is passing through the area today which will result in some unseasonably colder weather this weekend including our first hard freeze and some high north winds.  This will no doubt drop our water temperatures more which is a good thing as we are still running about 6 degrees above normal for the last week of October.  This should get more of the larger shad and bass moving into the creeks and bays.  

I have observed that some schools of adult threadfin have moved into some of the creeks and bays over the past couple of days and the result has been more schools of bass feeding up on the schools of baitfish there and a more consistent early morning topwater bite.  Expect more of this as the water temperatures continue to drop over the next week.  
The forecast for today is for a high of 50 and low of 31 with NNW wind at 23.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 50 and low of 29 with wind N at 13.  Sunday's forecast is showing an improvement in the weather with a high of 56 and low of 37.  The forecast through next midweek is showing a return to more seasonable temperatures with high's in the 60's and low's in the 40's.  
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lakes and in the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays as well as on main lake points and on secondary channel points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. There is some early and late topwater bite on the points but it is scattered.

The ledge bite is scattered as the shad and fish are moving around a lot and it is hit and miss. The ledge fish and the fish on the points are more consistent using slow techniques with smaller lures on Carolina rigs, shakey heads and jigs but some of the fall transitioning fish are starting to school on main lake points and it is opportunity fishing and not consistent but there have been a few good bags of fish taken.  

Largemouth  are also being taken early and late on main lake flats near stumps on topwater lures, slow rolled spinnerbaits and square billed crankbaits. 

We are taking some shallow topwater bass in the backs of the creeks and bays early in the morning and late evening on walking baits and splash baits. We are taking bass on lead in channel banks and on staging points in the creeks and bays after sunrise and during the day on finesse jigs, shaky heads, and light Carolina rigs with creature baits. 

Some bass are also being taken during late morning and during the day on flats in the creeks and bays where they are chasing schools of threadfin shad. These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, lipless crankbaits and slow rolled square billed crankbaits. The numbers of schooling fish on the flats has been increasing over the past few days and this should continue as the water temperatures drop to normal levels.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on the primary points and secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays.. The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken. We are getting most of these fish on jigs and shakey heads. We have also taken some nice Smallmouth early in the morning on topwater lures on shallow flats on the main lake and in the creeks and bays.
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Strike King Splash baits in shad patterns and Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Bag5 custom painted lipless and square billed crankbaits in blue glimmer pattern, Strike King Red Eye Shad in blue/chrome, sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake on Carolina rigs, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns on the ledges and the baby advantage jigs in the same patterns on the points and channel banks in the creeks and bays, Chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin blue and green pumpkin on Slong's shakey heads as well as Yum Dingers and Yamamoto Senkos in green pumpkin.
CRAPPIE: Crappie are being taken on staging brush piles on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays in 12-16 ft of water by vertical jigging with small curly tail jigs tipped with minnows. There are some reports of some Crappie being taken in the creeks and bays over brush piles in 8 - 10 ft of water off secondary channel points being taken in the same manner. The Crappie fishing reports I received this week is that the bite was slow in numbers but some nice fish have been taken.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays where they are feeding on schools or threadfin shad.  These fish are being taken by fishing vertically with inline spinners and blade baits in the deeper water and with inline spinners, blade baits and curly tail jigs in the shallower water on the flats in the creeks and bays.
Catfish: Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits with best bite during the current draw periods.  We are also now catching  some  Channel Catfish now roaming the flats in the creeks and bays while fishing for bass where they are feeding on schools of threadfin shad.  

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.