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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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Winter Fishing Has Ups and Downs

Steve McCadams

For January 13, 2021

Kentucky Lake’s winter fishing scene has had some ups and downs lately as to weather and wind. Lake levels haven’t fluctuated too much but temperatures and wind have. This week started out cold with a few snow flurries over part of the region. Brisk north winds kept a chill in the air for several days, curtailing activity for some anglers who chose to opt out of going in favor of waiting on warmer days. Yet here are always ... Continue Reading...

Electronics Review & Crappie Update

Doug Wynn

For December 12, 2020

Hey Y’all from the Excel Storm Cat “Fishful Thinking”. The recent weather has gotten the blood flowing for a lot of fishermen on the nice days. The ramps are a collection of bass boats and crappie seeker boats. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has announced limited access to several bays on KY Lake for the near future. They are setting up areas for the experimental netting tactics. Areas of the bottom 300 feet x 500 feet will be cleared of ... Continue Reading...

Fall Brings Shallow Topwater Bass Bite

Scott McGlinchey

For October 19, 2020

We are into mid-October and the weather has remained warm with a few cool nights and mornings mixed in. The bass will continue to strike topwater baits as long as the water temperature is above 55 degrees. I am still using the whopper plopper and sexy dawg to catch most of my fish. There are times when you can see bass feeding on shad right in front of the boat and you throw a top water bait in the area but they won’t hit it. When this ... Continue Reading...

Yellow Bass Biting Well

Eric Ashley

For October 1, 2020

The hot summer temperatures have subsided, and cooler temps have arrived, signaling the start of fall. This is a welcome change for me, as I don’t care for the blistering temps. However, the changing of seasons seems to have all of God's creatures bustling to get things in order before old man winter arrives. Being a duck hunter, I hope we get a good cold winter to bring lots of ducks from the north! Now onto the fishing. With water ... Continue Reading...

White/Yellow Bass Bite Great When Current Present

Rich Bay

For August 10, 2020

From the deck of the Kick'n Bass pontoon We have been fishing exclusively for white and yellow bass since our last report. Some days better than others but when the TVA pulls water thru the dam the bite is great. When they pull very little the bite is slower. We just keep moving and watching our Lowrance HDS 12 for schools of fish on the ledges and wham…there they are. We just need to keep moving to find active fish! Lake ... 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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