Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake Fishing Report
Lake Conditions: Both lakes are sitting at 354.7 just a few inches over winter pool of 354', please be very careful out there on the water. There are many areas we've ran across during the summer pool that are right at water level now this could make a bad day for anyone. Barkley dam is averaging 17,200 CFS while KY is running at 44,300 CFS. Water temps. have cooled off some during our recent cool nights and rainy days putting them between 68 to 71 degrees. Water clarity on Barkley is rather stained and low visibility while Kentucky has remains much clearer and very fishable.
Weather: Well after a bit of late fall temps. we've rebounded this week with more summer like temps. in the 70's. Though with those temps brings storms as is happening as I right this report. We are in the midst of severe thunderstorm warnings as South winds blow warm moist area into our region. The week ahead looks to be more fall like with highs in the upper 50's and low 60's and a chance of rain again Tuesday and Wednesday. This is also the time of year to start bring an extra set of clothes in the boat with you as it doesn't take long for hypothermia to set in when you are wet and cold.
Fishing: As much as this sounds like a broken record the bite hasn't changed much the past few weeks and probably won't for a couple more weeks depending on our water temps. We've been catching fish in the backs of the creeks and pockets on a variety of baits from squarebill crankbaits and rattle baits in the chrome\blue, chart. sexy shad and the Bag5 Baits - Blue Glimmer has been a hot one. 3/8oz spinnerbaits burned just under the surface have also worked well along with spook style topwater baits, this seems to be the best bite before the sun gets to high. These fish have also been taken on buzzbaits, big squarebill and wake baits. Lead in banks and creek channel swings are beginning to hold there share of fish as the follow the shad towards the backs of the creeks most of these fish we've caught using a Outkast Tackle shake down shaky head pairing it with zoom or net bait straight tail worm. Some of the best fish we've caught have been coming on main lake flats with a topwater or spinnerbait. You need to have a little help getting these fish to bite with either overcast skies or wind to help break up the surface.
Crappie/Blue Gill/Redear: With water temps. finally dipping to the 60 degree mark the crappie bite has definitely gotten better. Though numbers aren't where we'd like them the size is great with very few in any fish needing to be measured. We've caught most our fish lately vertical jigging over stake beds and brush. Our last trip a jig and curly tail grub out produced our double hook and minnow rigs. Color wise it's been all over the board but something with some chartreuse to it has been the best bet. We are looking forward to an awesome crappie bite this fall as our water cools off even more. As these fish get more active we'll catch them casting and snapping a jig along stump laden ledges.
When your visiting the lakes are besure to stop by The Cabin Bait and Tackle (270-388-6440). They have the largest selection of tackle around the lakes area with the most knowledgeable staff of anglers who fish. They've got you covered if it's your first time here or seasoned vet looking for a specific bait. Check out the selection of guns or see what we can get order for you. With the lakes area largest selection of rods, reels, and tackle along with guns and ammo you are sure to find something you need. You can also get a quick bite to eat from the deli before you head out or after long day on the water.
NEW ARRIVALS - Shimano Metanium, ABU Garcia - Orra bait casters, Bag 5 Baits - Blue Glimmer squarebills and Red Eye shad. (Hottest baits on the lake)
******Looking for a place to stay while here fishing, be sure to check out Buzzard Rock Resort and Marina, Gingerwood Lodge, Poplar Creek Lodge and Eddy Creek Resort and Marina.
Call now to get your fall crappie trips booked!! It is going to be an awesome fall crappie season here on the lakes and it's just getting started don't left at the dock.
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