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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.

Steve McCadams

Date:  January 3, 2018
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Paris Landing to New Johnsonville

Brutal weather and dangerously cold temperatures have kept even the most seasoned crappie and bass anglers off the lake lately.

Doug Wynn

Date:  December 23, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley

"I am getting some decent reports of keeper crappie on minnows and jigs in deeper water around cover. The fish seem to be orienting more to the drops than the flats now."

Rich Bay

Date:  December 22, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley north of US 68

Crappie: Spider rigging either with jigs and a crappie nibble or minnows has been the key to catching crappies. Fish deep over brush-piles and you’ll be rewarded with some tasty fillets

Dave Stewart

Date:  November 15, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake north of Paris Landing; Lake Barkley north of state line

"Bass fishing continued to be slow last week as indicated in the results of the FLW BFL Wildcard tournament with most of the field having weighed only one fish or no fish..."


Kirk Weber

Date:  November 6, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Kentucky Dam to Paris Landing

"Catching a wide variety of fish 10' to 25' deep by fishing small jigs and minnows around wood cover."

Shelldivers Guide Service

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

"I have had days where I catch some shallow and some deeper on drop offs. There really is not a depth limit on the deeper fish as I have caught them from five feet down to 22 feet."

Brandon Hunter

Date:  September 1, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from the dam to Paris Landing and Barkley north of US 68

"The cool nights will get those water temps back in the 70s and make those fish want to get back into those active feeding patterns during the day."

Scott Patton

Date:  August 11, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Blood River to New Johnsonville

"It’s been mild the past couple of weeks here on Kentucky Lake and the lake level is falling. This is causing the bait and bass to start an early migration this year."

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."

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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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This coyote stares down a local photographer in the Land Between The Lakes area. Coyotes are quite common in this region.