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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/14/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.63  Surface Temperature - 53

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.70  Surface Temperature - 51
Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of 58,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been spilling at an average rate of

As I sure everyone is aware, winter showed up with a vengeance earlier this week when the arctic vortex dropped south putting most of the country in a deep freeze.  We have not been on the water since the freezing temperatures moved into the area on Tuesday but prior to the deep freeze we had a couple good days and one slow day since my last report.  

The good days were marked with schooling Largemouth in the creeks and bays feeding on schools of gizzard and threadfin shad.  These fish were gorging themselves and we were taking them on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and spoons.  

Of course the water temperatures dropped drastically since last weekend, especially in the creeks and bays.  As I mentioned, we have not been on the water since the deep freeze hit us and I have not had any reports from anyone in my network as those folks have not been on the water either.  I would expect anglers will find that winter patterns will be emerging when this freezing weather pattern finally moves off with suspending jerkbaits, Alabama rigs and jigs being at the forefront of producing lures.  

This deep freeze is forecasted to last at least through next mid week with a slight warming trend by next weekend but still below normal for this time in November.  The forecast for the weekend is for a high of 40 on Saturday and low of 28 with wind E5.  Sunday is showing a high of 45 and low of 27 with a 40% chance of mixed precipitation with wind NNW4.  Round two of the deep freeze is forecasted for the beginning of next week with high's in the 30's and low's in the teens through at least midweek.  
This will be my last weekly report for the season as I normally guide through the end of this month, but my scheduled clients and I both agreed that winter is now here and neither they nor I have any desire to go out on the water in these freezing temperatures.  

I will however over the next 3 months write reports when I have enough valid information to write an accurate report.  My weekly reports will resume again during the last week of February when I go back on the water. 

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