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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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Late Fall Delivers Mixture of Weather for Anglers

Steve McCadams

For November 10, 2021

Late fall fishing has been kind to anglers this week as sunny days teamed up with light winds to deliver picture perfect days out on Kentucky Lake. Temperatures were above normal several days, allowing those outdoors to bask in the glow of a late fall sun and partake of the parade of colors on display from the hillsides. Seems the peak of the leaves was a week to ten days behind schedule this year but no complaints as it has been a sight to ... Continue Reading...

Kentucky Lake Proves Crappie Bite Still Good on Filmed Fishing Trip

Doug Wynn

For October 27, 2021

Hey Y'all from the Excel Storm Cat 230. Last week was another feast or famine week. The weather and current played havoc with fishing plans. Jeremy Mattingly of Crappie Monster Baits and the upcoming fishing show "On The Hook" had scheduled a day to film a Kentucky Lake show with Mark Ridl of Cornfield Fishing Gear and myself. Mark is a local success story. He and his lovely wife Paula of Illinois began camping on Kentucky Lake a few ... Continue Reading...

Fall Fishing Update

Eric Ashley

For October 7, 2021

Hello from Kentucky Lake! With the first days of October here, and November just around the corner, I thought I would take the time and write my last report of the year. Except for the very start of spring, fishing was pretty good this year. I am not saying that I didn’t have, what I consider less than stellar catches, on a few days. A couple of days were just downright tough. Flooding rain, temperature swings, and hard current made the ... Continue Reading...

Kick'n Bass Guide Service Has Been Chasing Yellow and Whites Lately

Rich Bay

For September 2, 2021

Weather has been HOT the last few weeks and we have been chasing whitebass and yellowbass. Fishing has been up and down but some of the KnB toon’s catches have been very good. Starting combo trips soon for crappie/whitebass and what-ever else bites. As always, the white and yellow bass have been whacking the SteelShad bladebaits and Ken’s TBC inline spinners. Depends on the water flow and their mood which bait they prefer on any given ... Continue Reading...

August Marks Beginning of Transition for Bass

Scott McGlinchey

For August 23, 2021

Bass fishing in August is a time of transition going from summer to fall. Many shad will migrate to shallow water flats on the main lake and in the back of creek arms and bays.Last year the bass fishing in August and September was better than the last three years due to the increased amount of shad and the number of keeper sized bass in Kentucky Lake. There is also an evening migration of shad that occurs most evenings where 30 to 40 minutes ... Continue Reading...

Early Bite Best Right Now

Josh Lovett

For August 18, 2021

I had a hard time sitting down to write this report. The fishing for this angler has been very up and down. we have had some weather blow through, and I'm not sure if that effected the bite or if we are starting to see the lake turn over a bit.I've been seeing some signs as we usually do late in the summer. With that being said I've still been able to manage decent numbers in half days. The early bite has been better from what I've seen. The ... 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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