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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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Crappie Bite Holding Up Well; Catfishermen Scoring Hefty Stringers Too!

Steve McCadams

For September 23, 2020

Fall fishing is now officially underway as Tuesday signaled the start of autumn angling. It is indeed a season that has long been overlooked and underrated by crappie, catfish and bass fishermen here on Kentucky Lake. Mix stable weather where light winds and mild temperatures help start the day with stable lake levels and it’s a recipe for nice fishing conditions where patterns hold up from week to week. Added to that are the ... Continue Reading...

Topwater Bass Bite Beginning to Pick Up

Scott McGlinchey

For August 24, 2020

The topwater fishing has really picked up here on Kentucky Lake. On a recent trip between three of us we caught about 40 bass and had 10 nice keepers. Quite a few of the fish were smallmouth. The baits we used were one whopper plopper and two sexy shads. The whopper plopper out fished the sexy shad. You never know which bait will work the best till you try a few. Over the years I have used many different poppers, stick baits, and ... Continue Reading...

New Excel Storm Cat 230 Provides Comfortable Experience While Fishing

Doug Wynn

For August 18, 2020

Hey Y’all from the new Excel Storm Cat 230 “Fishful Thinking”. I appreciate all the e-mails and texts from folks checking on me over the last 6 weeks or so. The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I had surgery in late June then some serious complications and another health surprise thrown in for good measure. I got on the lake much too quick after the surgery and that was something I should have been more concerned ... 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...

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...

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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