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In a rush and looking for summaries of fishing reports on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley?  Check these out.  Click the report title for the full fishing report.  You can also view 16 years' worth of fishing report archives.

Dave Stewart

Date:  May 18, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake north of Paris Landing; Lake Barkley north of state line

"We have taken bass from the shallow spawning areas to the ledges over the past week so the 'pick a pattern' continues but we are seeing more numbers of bass starting to show up on the ledges this past week, particularly the early ledges"

Doug Wynn

Date:  May 18, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake

"Many of the bigger crappie this week have been male white crappie that are still in their spawning colors."

Steve McCadams

Date:  May 18, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Paris Landing to New Johnsonville

"Fishing has held up well despite changing lake levels this week for bass, bluegill, crappie and catfishermen who have logged some nice stringers from shallow shoreline habitat."

Shelldivers Guide Service

Date:  May 17, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

"The fishing here at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes remains good. Water levels are slowly dropping to normal summer pool.

Rich Bay

Date:  May 17, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley north of US 68

"Crappies are still there to be caught but we have recently switched over to redear/bluegill fishing."

Randy Kuhens

Date:  May 10, 2017
Covering:  North Kentucky Lake and North Lake Barkley

"This has been the best fishing season in several years.  Kentucky Lake seems to be in its prime."

Kirk Weber

Date:  May 5, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Kentucky Dam to Paris Landing

"The full moon is approaching and water temps are right.  There are lots of spawning fish to be caught in KY Lake right now."

Scott Patton

Date:  April 28, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Blood River to New Johnsonville

"With the lake being as low as it is “right now” I plan to fish top water and spinner baits on the channel banks in the morning, then switching to a jig with a ZOOM Z hog and a shakey head."

Brandon Hunter

Date:  April 21, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from the dam to Paris Landing and Barkley north of US 68

"I think a lot of people think that the fish don’t even think of spawning until the water levels come up to summer pool. When a bass gets ready to spawn she doesn’t care if water is in the bushes or not."

John Morgan

Date: January 24, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from US 68 to Big Sandy River

"Our population of 10 to 11 and a half inch fish is the best I've seen in 24 years of guiding on Kentucky Lake. There are limits of crappie being caught in every area of the lake from the north end to the south."

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