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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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Lake Levels Continue Slow Descent as Temps Rise

Steve McCadams

For July 21, 2021

Catfishermen are topping the list of successful anglers on Kentucky Lake as the dog days of summer dictate fishing conditions. Kentucky Lake’s fishing scene is best enjoyed this time of the year by those anglers who rise and shine early, getting the boat out on the water before sunrise and logging a few hours of fishing before the midday heat takes over and calls the shots. Late July fishing conditions are pretty much holding up ... Continue Reading...

Lovett: Steady Fishing, Rough Weather

Josh Lovett

For July 16, 2021

Hello there from the "Creek"! Although the weather has been a rollercoaster of pop up storms and gully washing rains, we have still managed to get out on some consistent fishing this past week. The bluegill seem to be most effected by the weather. The fish were still in the area but we found the bite to be very fickle during the frontal passages. The crappie bite was more consistent and we were able to catch good numbers in between slow ... Continue Reading...

Ashley Continues to Catch Yellow and White Bass

Eric Ashley

For July 16, 2021

Hello from Kentucky Lake! I wanted to take a minute to bring everyone up to speed. Since my last report, our second holiday weekend has passed. Being a local, I am glad to see that it has come and gone. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to see area businesses thrive with tourism. I also love to see the marinas bustling with activity with people from all over. However, if you are a fisherman, it becomes an exercise in patience. I don’t ... Continue Reading...

Fishing is Tough Overall with Some Good Days Mixed In

Doug Wynn

For July 9, 2021

Hey Y’all from the Excel Storm Cat 230. Lots of folks have asked over the years what the “more” stands for in Sometimes it stands for the odd catch during good crappie times. In times like now, it stands for the more catfish, bass, drums, sauger, etc we catch, the less we tend to worry about a slow crappie bite. The crappie bite has been slow for me lately. Of course, I could pull out the Livescope, but we’ve ... Continue Reading...

Not All the Bass Have Made It Out to the Ledges

Scott McGlinchey

For June 29, 2021

One thing is for sure... summer is here with warm nights and hot days. All living things have to adjust. Fish being cold-blooded creatures also make summer adjustments. Some fish will find shallow areas to their liking while others will find sanctuary in deep water along deep banks and off shore. Some fish like cover which can be weeds emergent or submerged, brush piles, stumps, rock piles, and any ledge with the right substrate. During the ... Continue Reading...

Winds Die Down; Pontoon Busy Catching Fish

Rich Bay

For June 1, 2021

From the deck of the Kick’n Bass pontoon... FINALLY the wind has died down. It had to be the windiest April and May ever but the KnB pontoon persevered. Caught fish every trip and the size of crappies has been very large. We have had plenty of 16 inch crappies and plenty of 15’s that no matter how we stretched them we could not get to 16 inches!! We have also caught tons of 6 to 9 1/2 inch crappies too. Kentucky Lake is on ... 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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