Lodging Fishing Attractions Towns & Bays Dining Events Real Estate Maps Lake Conditions

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley Fishing
Facebook Twitter YouTube Contact Us About Us
Switch Mobile/Desktop

Archived Fishing Report

Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/06/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.54  Surface Temperature - 60

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.65  Surface Temperature - 60
 
Both lakes are one half foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 52,900 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 17,200 cfs over the past 24 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. 
 
The nasty arctic front that passed through the lakes area last weekend dropped the water temperatures like a rock to present levels which are 6 degrees lower than my last report.  The present temperatures are now where we should be at this time in November. 

What I have observed this week with the big water temperature drop is that more bass and shad have moved into the creeks and bays but due to the rapid water temperature drop the water temperatures in the shallows in the creeks and bays dropped anywhere from 7-10 degrees and this large drop caused the shad and the bass to move out to a little deeper water off the shallow flats.  

We did find fish schooling in 8-15 ft of water as well as holding near the bottom in these depths when they were not actively feeding.  We were able to take the schooling fish on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, topwater and suspending jerkbaits.  When the fish were not actively feeding, we took fish by stroking spoons and lipless crankbaits off the bottom under the schools of shad.  We also took  some fish on finesse jigs and shaky heads on secondary points off the shallow flats and a few fish on the shallow flats with spinnerbaits and topwater but the majority of these fish were non keepers.  
 
We have a front passing though the lakes area again today with high WNW winds with gusts as high as 30 mph.  The forecast for this weekend looks good with Saturday's high of 57 and low of 40 with wind WNW at 12.  Sunday is forecasted to be a high of 57 and low of 40 with wind SW at 8.  

Monday's forecast is for a high of 65 and low of 51 with wind SSW at 13 as another nasty arctic front approaches.  The extended forecast at this time is showing high's only in the 40's and low's in the 20's from next Tuesday and into next weekend with winds coming out of the north.  No doubt if this does happen, we are in for another big rapid water temperature drop.  
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shad.  Schooling bass are being taken on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, topwater lures and suspending jerkbaits.  

Largemouth are also being taken under schools of shad by stroking spoons and lipless crankbaits.  Some bass are also being taken on shallow main lake flats and on shallow flats in the creeks and bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.  Some bass are also being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays on finesse jigs and shakey heads.  
 
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.  We are getting most of these fish on jigs and shakey heads but we have taken some on crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.
 
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, Strike King Sexy spoons in shad patterns, 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, D&L Baby Advantage jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns.  

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.
 
Stripers/Hybrids:  Some schools of Stripers and Hybrids have been schooling in the front halves of the creeks and bays over the past few days as they are feeding on schools of shad.  These fish can be taken with spinnerbaits and topwater lures as well as stroking lipless crankbaits.  
.
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 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. 

More Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

Now That You're 'Hooked' on Fishing... Come See Us!

If you've dug this deep in our Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley fishing reports, you are probably just itching to come down and visit the South's biggest lakes.  Get started by finding that perfect place to stay!  Find a Kentucky Lake cabin or a Lake Barkley campground, a full-service resort or a marina.  Heck, there are even dozens of hotels off the water to choose from! 

Don't have a boat?  No worries!  Bank fishing is always an option for panfish. But if you're heart is set on largemouth or smallmouth, you can rent a fishing boat at many of our local resorts!

The perfect place to start looking for a place to stay at Kentucky or Barkley Lakes?  Right here on our main lodging page.


Fallow Deer
Photo by Murray Blake

There are only a few small herds of fallow deer in Land Between The Lakes, but occasionally a lucky explorer will catch a glimpse of one.