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Lake Conditions:

Barkley – 354.95, 17,000-27,000 CFS, stained with water temps in the upper 70’s

Kentucky – 354.98 28,000-47,000 CFS, light stain with temps in the upper 70’s


Weather: After a week and a half of gray dismal weather we’ve had an awesome week of weather. We’ve enjoyed nice cool nights with warm sunny afternoons with highs in the 80’s. There is a cold front that moved through today which will bring some cooler temps over the weekend with highs in the 70’s but with quickly rebound back to the 80’s by Monday with lots of sunshine.


Bass Fishing:  Unfortunately with the warm temps we’ve had it has slowed our water temps from dropping and has seemed to stalled out the fall transition. We’ve spent some time on the south end of the lake this week and it seems to be a week or two ahead of the north end. Though still not great things are improving. One thing we noticed this week is that bays that had a schools of shad working them seem to have pulled back out. We’ve caught these fish on a variety of moving baits from topwater popper style baits, lipless crankbaits, Outkast Tackle swim jigs and SPRO squarebills have all done the trick. For throwing the topwater baits I tend to use a longer rod so I can make a long cast and yet get a good hookset. I prefer the Powell Max 3D 734 which is a graphite rod and a 755 which is a composite rod for the bigger baits and pair these with Sunline 30lb braid. Our better quality fish are coming on topwater now though the bite is not where we want it yet either on main lake flats or grass mats. Our smaller fish are coming in the backs of the bays and lead in banks as fish transition to the shallows from the main river.


White Bass and Yellows: We didn’t spend anytime fishing for them but have caught them in the backs of the bays while throwing Steel Shad bass fishing.


Crappie: Didn’t fish for them this week.


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Brian Brown
Fishing Hype Guide Service