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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/13/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 354.36   Surface Temperature - 63

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 354.40  Surface Temperature - 63
Both lakes are a couple of inches above winter pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of 47,000 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating between 9,100  30,300 cfs over the past 24 hours.  

General Conditions:  The water temperatures did drop about 2 degrees since last week but we are still about 6-7 degrees above what we normally should be seeing this time in November.  I have noticed a few more schools of shad moving shallow but the bass are still scattered and I have seen very little in the way of schooling bass.  

Our most productive patterns still remain as going shallow early for some scattered top water bite, then fishing the flats with lipless crank baits, spinner baits and square billed crank baits when some active fish are present and if they are not active, we are going to secondary points and channel banks with finesse jigs, tube jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.  This bite has been scattered and we are moving a lot to put some fish in the boat.  

Some tournament results I saw from last weekend basically reflects this bite:  Tournament on Barkley last Saturday was won with 15.7 lbs and seven 5 fish limits weighed in.  Tournament on Barkley last Sunday was won with 15.7 pounds and three 5 fish limits weighed in. It only took a little over 9 lbs on 3 fish to place 5th.  

Tournament on North Kentucky Saturday was won with 10 lbs and no 5 fish limits weighed in.  The fall schooling bite obviously is not on yet.  As I said last week, hopefully the water temperatures will continue to drop and we will get that fall schooling bite before the arctic fronts come in and drop the water temperatures into winter patterns.
We will be under high pressure this weekend with a forecasted low on Saturday morning of 31/ High Saturday of 62 with wind S4.  Sunday morning is showing a low of 43/ High Sunday of 65 with wind SSE5.  

It should be a nice weekend weather wise on the lakes.  We have rain in the forecast starting Monday through next mid week.  Current forecasts are calling for a total of 4 inches or more of rain to fall by mid week with high temperatures in the 60s/lows in the 50s with south winds.  
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. 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, Slongs 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 4-6 ft of water by spider rigging with minnows and small jigs tipped with minnows in the deeper water and casting curly tail jigs and fishing minnows under bobbers in the shallower water.  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 Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.