Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake Fishing Report
Barkley – 355.15, 17,000-18,800 CFS, stained with water temps in the mid 60’s
Kentucky – 355.10 28,000-40,000 CFS, light stain with temps in the mid 60’s
Weather: The past week has been fit for a duck. Other than last Fri. and Sunday it’s been pretty wet, gray and dismal around the lakes. We had a low pressure system move over the lakes Saturday and Monday brought the remanence of Hurricane Patricia. We have a little break Thurs. & Fri. before another system brings more rain for the weekend. Highs will dip into the upper 50’s Saturday but rebound into the 70’s early next week.
Bass Fishing: Unfortunately with the weather we’ve had we haven’t spent much time on the water this week. I did a bass trip Friday on Barkley where we caught a fair number of fish but nothing real big. We caught these fish on a two different baits. One being a Outkast Tackle shakedown shaky head with a Big Bite Baits squirrel tail shaky worm. The other was small shallow running square bill crankbaits fished in the backs of pockets. I always throw my squarebills on monofilament line like Sunline’s Super Natural or Siglon which helps float up if I get it hung in wood cover. Rod wise I like to stick with something 7’ or less like the Powell Inferno 6104CB as you are target casting and it’s much easier with a shorter rod. Graphite or composite rod that’s up to you I know some swear one way or another I’ve used and am comfortable with both. Graphite tend to be more accurate casting but the composite is much more forgiving and will not tear the hooks out on a fish that bites close to the boat.
White Bass and Yellows: We didn’t spend anytime fishing for them but have caught them while crappie fishing around brush piles in 8-20 feet of water.
Crappie: We spent some time Friday and Sunday chasing them around and with many people we’ve caught a boat load of small fish. We did enough fish to make a couple good meals out of while vertical jigging over brush in 8-16 feet of water.
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**** This will be my last report for Kentucky and Barkley Lakes till April. As many of you know I guide on Lake Okeechobee over the winter months for bass and crappies. I will be heading down Nov. 1 this year so anyone looking to take a break from winters grip give me a shout and we will get you out for a trip of a lifetime.
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