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Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake Fishing Report


Lake Conditions:
Barkley – 354.45, 6,200-12,400 CFS, water is stained in color, with water temps running in the low 70’s
Kentucky –  354.76, 12,900-25,400 CFS, water is lightly stained in color, with water temps running in the low 70’s

Weather: We had been enjoying some great fall weather here around the lakes the past week and half or so. The past couple of days it’s been a bit more summer like though with lots of sun and highs in the mid 80’s. The sun looks to stick around but the temps are going to fall off into the 70’s again Saturday as a cold front pushes through the region. It looks like we should see lows back into the low 50’s which will hopefully bring the water temps down some more.

Bass Fishing: Well it’s been a few weeks since my last report and fishing hasn’t changed to drastically and is still very sparatic and the day one results of the Renegade Bass Classic showed. 224 teams only weighed 40 bags over 12lbs. With the little bit of cool weather we’ve had the water temps have falling in the low 70’s triggering some fish to move towards the banks and backs of the bays. We really need a good cold snap to dump the temps into the upper 60’s and get these fish into a full fall pattern. As it is now the fish are very scattered out with some late summer patterns working along with some shallow fall patterns developing. We really haven’t been able to get any numbers of fish of any one spot or bait so we are covering a lot of water with multiple presentations. Outkast Tackle swim jigs and SPRO squarebill crankbaits along with topwater baits are taking the fall pattern fish that have moved into the bays and creeks. As for the summer pattern fish we’ve been catching fish on secondary ledges and main lake points a Picasso shakey head with a 6’’ Big Bite Baits trick stick and Outkast Tackle Juice jig with a Big Bite Baits craw trailer. We should see a steady topwater bite start with some cooler water temps and some cloudy wouldn’t hurt.
White and Yellow Bass: With the baitfish moving towards the mouth of the creeks and bays these are the perfect places to find the whites, yellow and stripes as they gang up on the balls of baits and push them to the surface. Look for the seagulls diving and sure bet you’ll find some easy fish to catch. Rooster tails and small spoons have been the best bets in these feeding frenzies.

DO NOT get left on the dock because you forgot to book a trip. Call us today and setup your next fishing adventure and possibly catch the fish of a lifetime at 612-889-2423. Some awesome summer fishing and weather is ahead so be sure to get your dates booked today.

******This will be my last report for Kentucky and Barkley Lakes till May. I will again be guiding on Lake Okeechobee over the winter Nov.1May1 if you’re looking for a warm get away this winter come down and enjoy some awesome weather and possible fish of a lifetime.

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Brian Brown
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