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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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April's Winds Still Rocking the Boats of Anglers

Steve McCadams

For April 14, 2021

Stop me if you heard this one! Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene is still riding the weird weather roller coaster that went on a tangent back in March and has yet to right itself. By now we’re supposed to be at the peak of the annual crappie spawn and while some decent stringers are being taken by a few select anglers the average everyday jig dipper and minnow dunker has endured a tough spring. For starters March winds are still ... Continue Reading...

Bass Are Now Spawning on Kentucky Lake

Scott McGlinchey

For April 13, 2021

The spawn for bass and crappie has started and it has come about one week early. Crappie are being caught at different depths and some are in super shallow water. I am more familiar with the bass spawn and it started April 8th. On April 8th we had some heavy winds so the shallow flat areas that were affected by the wind did not have fish spawning. Bass prefer to spawn in shallow water. My favorite depths are 6 inches down to 3 feet and they ... Continue Reading...

Crappie Bite Responds This Week While Pulling Crankbaits

Doug Wynn

For April 13, 2021

Hello from the Excel Storm Cat 230. I get a lot of snide comments like "why don’t you get a bigger boat" or "do you think your boat is big enough?" This past week I have been proud of every one of the 23 feet. The wind has made my life miserable at times and I’ve fished in some conditions I would never have considered in any of the many boats I have owned. Wind, rain, you name it, we’ve had it. At least the water conditions are ... 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...

Last Week's Cooler Weather Transitions to Warmer Spring Days

Eric Ashley

For March 22, 2021

Hello from Kentucky Lake! I thought it would be more fruitful to sit down and write a report Friday over battling the cool temps and 10 to 20 mph north east winds. Several inches of rain in the past few days won’t help the fishing conditions much either, but it is what it is. I am sure our lakes will feel the effects of this rain, as discharge water rates at the dam continue to increase. Hopefully, we can get back to more stable weather ... 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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