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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 10/28/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 355.10  Surface Temperature – 65 
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam – 355.15  Surface Temperature – 65
Both lakes are one foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 40,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 18,600 cfs today.  

With the lake levels down, boaters need to be cautious when navigating the lakes. These are big lakes, but they are shallow river lakes. If you are not familiar with the lakes, make sure you use the navigation lanes and if you are not sure of the depths and locations of obstructions where you are, idle your boat until you are in safe water. 
General Conditions:  We had the remnants of the low pressure center from Hurricane Patricia pass through the area yesterday and it brought us a couple of inches of badly needed rain.  This was a soaking rain so there was only a minimal effect on the lake levels.  

We have another cold front that will pass through the lakes area this evening which will bring some cooler temperatures for Saturday with another chance of some rain.  The forecast for Friday is for a high of 63/low of 46 with wind E4.  

Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 57/low of 53 with a 90% chance of rain and wind SE11.  Sunday is calling for a high of 63/low of 53 with a 20% chance of rain and wind NNE7.  The extended forecast is through mid next week is showing a warming trend with high’s in the upper 60’s and low 70’s and low temperatures in the 50’s.  
The bass bite has remained scattered and slow over all this week as the water temperatures continue to hold in the mid 60’s.  We have taken fish from the main lake to the backs of the creeks and bays as has been the story for the past few weeks.  

Our best bite this week overall was on finesse jigs and shaky heads on secondary points in the creeks and bays but we did manage some fish on reaction baits also on the flats in the creeks and bays.  We are still not seeing much for schooling fish but hopefully this will change as the water temperatures drop below present levels.  
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake using the same techniques as mentioned above. One can also catch fish on secondary points and on the flats in the creeks and bays where some bass are feeding on schools of baitfish. 

These fish are being taken on top water lures, medium running crank baits, lipless crank baits, spinner baits, finesse jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken around grass beds in the creeks and bays south of Blood River early in the morning on top water lures and senko type baits. Overall the fish are scattered and bite is slow.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs and tube jigs. The bite on these fish has been overall slow. 
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Slong’s spinner baits in blue glimmer, Bag 5 square bill crank baits in blue glimmer, Strike King Red Eye Shad in chrome sexy shad and sexy shad, Bag 5 custom painted Red Eye Shad lipless crank baits in blue glimmer,  Charmer shaky head worms on drop shot rigs in bama bug and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations,  D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern and Cumberland Craw, Slong's shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in bama bug and watermelon/candy, Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black and Charmer tubes green pumpkin/orange and their newest color – Big Easy- on tube jigs.
Crappie: Crappie are being taken over brush piles and sunken stake beds on the main lake flats in 8-12 feet of water as well as over brush piles and sunken stake beds in the creeks and bays in 8-12 ft of water by spider rigging with small jigs tipped with minnows. The numbers of keeper fish are not great but there some action being reported on these staging fall fish.
White Bass: Whites are being taken by vertically fishing inline spinners, blade baits and small spoons over schools on ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays. Schools of smaller Whites and Yellow Bass are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays where they are feeding on schools of small baitfish. These fish can be taken on inline spinners and blade baits. 
Catfish: Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits and yellow tails. Some catfish are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays now as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.

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Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.