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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/06/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 354.40  Surface Temperature – 65

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam – 354.50  Surface Temperature –65
Both lakes are about one half foot over winter pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating a little over 46,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at 18,800 cfs this morning.  

General Conditions:  There has not been much change in the bass fishing since my report last week.  The water temperatures are still higher than normal and the fish are still scattered.  We have fished Kentucky from the dam to Paris, Tennessee and also on North Barkley this past week and the bite has been slow and scattered.  

We are picking up some few fish on top water back shallow early but this bite is not consistent and it is more single fish feeding very shallow every now and then.  We have taken fish on secondary points in the creeks but again this bite has been more of one fish here and one fish there and not consistent.  We are managing to get a 5 fish limit most days but you have to work hard and move a lot to do it.  

We took fish this week on top water lures, jigs, crank baits and Carolina rigs this week.  Most of the tournament weights this past week are mirroring this bite with low weights being brought in and a lot of anglers bringing in one or two fish or no keepers.  

I expect this bite will continue until the water temperatures drop, hopefully when they do drop, they won’t drop rapidly through the fall feeding temperatures...we will just have to wait and see.  
A front passed through the lakes area early this morning and dropped a little rain but not a lot.  This weekend we will have post frontal conditions.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 59/low of 38 with wind North at 12.  Sunday is showing a high of 57/low of 37 with wind Northeast at 8.  Monday is showing a high of 59/low of 46 with wind East South East at 6.  The extended forecast is showing high’s in the 60’s and low’s in the 50’s with south winds by mid week.  
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays as well as 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 but a few nice fish are being taken.   
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy 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,  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, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin on Carolina rigs 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 minnows and small jigs tipped with minnows. The numbers of keeper fish are not great but there some action being reported on these staging fall fish.
I did not receive any reports on the catfish or the white bass this week but we are seeing a lot of small white bass and yellow bass on the deeper flats (6-10 ft) in the creeks and bays.

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Photo by Libby Mundy

This male eastern bluebird is looking for an insect to munch on. Easily spotted by binoculars, the males are bluer than the females which are mostly grey in color.