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Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Fishing Reports

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Whether you are heading out for a brisk February afternoon of fishing for crappie and black bass or enjoying a late-summer evening of bluegill fishing, our Kentucky Lake fishing reports give you what you need to know.

Find out what's biting and even a few tips and tricks from fishing guides who have grown up fishing the waters of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

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Fishing Has Been 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' Lately

Eric Ashley

For July 29, 2020

Hello from Kentucky Lake. It was not so long ago when everyone was wishing for warm weather to get here. As best as I can tell, everyone’s wishes have been granted. Being a large fellow, I tend to melt like lard in a skillet on these hot, muggy days. I generally try to beat the heat with early starts so I can get back to the dock before things get too unbearable outside. That doesn’t mean it isn’t hot. It just means it’s more ... Continue Reading...

Cooler Days Coming; Anglers May Get a Repreieve

Steve McCadams

For July 29, 2020

Late July with its typical hot and muggy days has a reputation for a somewhat sluggish summer fishing scene unless you rise before dawn and hit the water early. If you’re disciplined enough to do that there are a few decent hours of fishing awaiting your arrival each morning. Such has been the case this week as temps lingered in the mid to upper 90’s a few days with light breezes that sometimes never materialized until midmorning and ... Continue Reading...

Baitfish More Abundant Than Previous Years

Scott McGlinchey

For July 6, 2020

We are in the middle of summer and many fish have taken to deep water for comfort and to find an area to ambush baitfish. Toward the end of May and into early June bass make their way to offshore ledges starting on first arrival drop offs then all the way out to the river channel ledges. This year and last year the main river ledges were not at their best for bass fishing. When they get out there in late May and June they'll ... Continue Reading...

Overabundance of Food Causing Some Tough Fishing Days

Doug Wynn

For June 29, 2020

Hello from the Excel Bay Pro 230 “Fishful Thinking”. It has been a whirlwind around my place and the fishing has been spotty at best. The lake levels are stable, the weather has been OK most days, and fishing has been good to so-so to poor. It just depends on what you are seeking and what day you decide to go. The major problem we are finding now is an over-abundance of food in the water. I'll take an over-abundance any day to the total ... Continue Reading...

Fishing a Bit Slow With Rapid Rise in Water Temperatures

Rich Bay

For June 17, 2020

From the Deck of the Kick'n Bass Pontoon Fishing has been a little slow with the sudden heat change and water temp rising rapidly. Typical for this time of year is the fact that the crappies are spread out and searching for food. They aren't as schooled up like early and late in the year. White bass/yellow bass are a little behind schedule at schooling up on the main lake ledges but every white bass we have caught in the ... Continue Reading...

Slow Start for the Offshore Bite; Still Ways to Catch Bass

Brandon Hunter

For June 12, 2020

Things are starting to get back to somewhat "normal" after a crazy start to the year due to Covid. I'm pretty sure it's here to stay, but we have to also move along with our lives and just be extra cautious. In recent days, I've had some good days on the water and I've had some very tough days on the water. I want everyone who reads my reports to know that Kentucky Lake is seeing some very tough fishing and below average days for ... Continue Reading...

Crazy Weather, Changing Patterns Challenge Anglers

Don Schnuck

For May 8, 2020

Hello to all of our Kentucky Lake fans, and fishing enthusiasts! We hope in these times of uncertainty that each and everyone of you have been able to stay healthy, and continue living a normal life as much as possible. With reopening the guide business, and things hopefully getting ready to return to normalcy, I am taking advantage of a rainy day to share what I can tell you about my fishing world. As of today Kentucky Lake is listed as ... Continue Reading...

Anglers Can Take Advantage of Cooler Temps

Kirk Weber

For November 15, 2019

Air Temperature: Low 27 High 44 Water Temperature: Low 46  High 53 Water Elevation:  354.5 (Winter pool 354') Water Clarity: 2' to 3' visibility (green stain) Winter jumped on us a little early this year!  Record low temps a few days ago and cooler than normal highs for a week have definitely slowed the average fishermen down.  Some of us "in the know" have taken advantage of this event.  This cooler ... Continue Reading...

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