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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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Bass Moving Out to the Ledges

Scott McGlinchey

For May 18, 2021

The largemouth bass spawn at Kentucky Lake is about over while at Barkley it will continue for another week or two. Red ears have started to spawn and bluegills will start soon.On Kentucky Lake when the bass spawn is near its end bass move out to ledges right away. For the last couple of weeks I have been catching bass offshore and have had some heavy limits. Fishing ledges offshore is one of my favorite ways to catch bass. Last year the ... Continue Reading...

Will Nice Weather Get Here and Stay Here? Looks Like It!

Steve McCadams

For May 12, 2021

Looks like a nice forecast for the Kentucky Lake fishing scene as the next several days will see warmer temps and diminishing rain chances. Most anglers agree such a forecast is overdue! For the lion’s share of May conditions had a touch of fall in the air with below average temperatures mixed with rain and storms that sort of threw curve balls to spring anglers yearning for short sleeve weather. It appears the fishing scene is about to ... Continue Reading...

Crappie Bite Scattered with Slowly Dropping Water

Doug Wynn

For May 9, 2021

Hello from the desk of Capt. Doug. I normally say from the Excel Storm Cat 230 but it has spent the week in the Marina and my garage. My story starts on Saturday afternoon, May 1st. I was coming home from the lake after a nice guide trip. My shortest route from the lake to Benton is on Hwy 408. Many of you are familiar with the road. It has a series of narrow bridges across areas of water including Clark’s River. I’ve crossed these ... Continue Reading...

May Fishing Update

Eric Ashley

For May 5, 2021

It’s been a few weeks since I last checked in, so I thought I would sit down and bring everyone up to speed. I thought April Fools’ Day ended on April 1. However, it seems that I was a fool the whole month long instead. After having what I thought was a pretty good pattern going in March, cold fronts, rain, wind, and water fluctuations took centerstage. Even with a little calmer weather towards the end of the month of April, it took ... Continue Reading...

Mid-Spawn Crappie Fishing

Josh Lovett

For April 30, 2021

What a week of crappie fishing we have had! The first of last week started out tough for this fisherman. I got home from vacation and like always this time of year, the water had dropped 3'. The pattern I had left behind had waned tremendously through the unstable conditions of the water and the weather. we did finish the week strong though catching good numbers and a great creel size. The spring for me is all about adjustments to varying ... Continue Reading...

Rich Bay of Kick'n Bass Guide Service Posts First Report of 2021

Rich Bay

For April 5, 2021

Been a long time since I have put out a report!! No I’m not dead! Yes I am still guiding! Yes we are catching fish! Right now we have spent our time searching for Crappies and staying dry. Both have been elusive up here on the north end of Kentucky lake. We have been catching some big black and white Crappies. But even better news is we have been catching a lot of short fish. That bodes well for the future. Conditions have been less than ... Continue Reading...

Decent Weather Prompts Good Crappie Bite

John Morgan

For March 30, 2021

Finally - we are having some decent weather for fishing. This year started off with a great bite down in Big Sandy and then came the rain. Muddy water slowed everything down for a few days - more so in Blood River than Big Sandy. Here in blood river we still only have 4 to 6 inch visibility. This does let fish move shallower and not be nearly as spooky as in clearer water. That's enough excuses on why they didn't bite so good earlier but ... Continue Reading...

Water Temps are Heating Up, Bass are Moving Up - Spring is Here!

Brandon Hunter

For March 15, 2021

Here we are in the middle of March with 2020 behind us and we're looking forward to a great 2021 on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. I am happy to see things are starting to green up, water temps are heating up, and bass are on the move. This time last year we didn't have a clue what we were getting ready to get into with the Covid situation, but I am glad to see it behind us and things getting back to somewhat normal, every day activity. ... 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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