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Scott McGlinchey

Shelldivers Guide Service
Scott McGlinchey
(317) 440-2934
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Shelldivers Guide Service's Fishing Report

For November 7, 2018

Report for Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley

We are now between late fall and early winter patterns. Many bass are still shallow and big crappies and bluegill are deep. I have been catching mixed bags of bass and panfish. Recent clients wanted to catch panfish and I have been catching some for myself.  You can’t beat Kentucky Lake panfish in the skillet.

I fished just a couple hours a few nights ago dangling minnows over brush piles and caught enough big bluegills, crappies, and yellow bass for three meals.  I have hundreds of brush piles, stump rows, road beds and bridges that have loads of panfish hanging around and these fish are feeding up for the winter.

The last couple of large bass tournaments during October were won fishing drop offs while most of the competition was fishing shallow with topwater baits. These tournaments were won catching one fish at a time.  No one pulled up on a big school. Until the water temperature dips below 55 topwater fishing will remain good.

In October I spent a week fishing the shallow flats south of Paris Landing and caught a lot of big bass on topwater, spinnerbaits, and worms. Many of the good topwater shallow flats have little areas that drop off into deeper water and some have stumps and other cover on them.  These places are overlooked and hold staging bass.

During the next few months fishing pressure will be low and big bass will be feeding hard during short periods on the best days. They will slowly start to fatten up and no doubt will be fat come early spring. Winter is one of the best times to catch giant Kentucky Lake bass. The real winter fishing starts about mid December and ends early February.

If your looking for a guided deer hunt this season I have many monster sized bucks located. I hunt by taking my boat to remote locations that are not being hunted.  I have many trail camera pictures of big bucks from this year. I spent thousands of hours scouting and observing signs and behavior of these mature animals. I saw quite a few shooters last year and took one late in the season.

Please check out and like my Shelldivers Guide Service Facebook page. I will have additional pictures posted there some of which are underwater photos of fish and shellbeds.

If you just want to enjoy a day of catching quality bass or are wanting to learn how to effectively fish offshore I am as good as it gets! I had excellent results in my career as a baseball and wrestling coach and use the same skills to help my clients learn bass fishing.

I have 28 years of ledge fishing experience and would like nothing more than to take all of my readers out fishing! If you want to book a trip with me please try to call me as the communication over the phone is much more effective and consumes less time than emails. I do respond to all forms of communication as quick as I can. 

If your looking for a great Tackleshop, custom electronics installation and trouble shooting, archery equipment, or kayaks and gear Check out HITEC OUTDOORS.  Phone 270-527-1900.

Shelldivers Guide Service
Scott Glinchey
(317) 440-2934

Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!