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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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Many Crappie Heading Deeper; Catfish Picking Up

Doug Wynn

For May 24, 2020

Hey Y'all! Last call from the Excel Bay Pro 230 "Fishful Thinking". No, I'm not going anywhere, the Bay Pro is headed back to Excel and Vicki and I are going to be the proud new owners of the Excel Storm Cat 230 "Fishful Thinking III". Time flies when you are having fun. It was one short year ago I finally got the Suzuki 250 out of backorder and the boat on the lake. The Bay Pro will be available thru Excel national ... Continue Reading...

Some Bass Beginning to Move To Ledges

Scott McGlinchey

For May 23, 2020

So far bass fishing at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes has been better than last year! I have definitely caught more 15 inch keeper fish than last year. Every year I am always optimistic that we have had a good spawn. I feel that way because I hope to be positive; I see bass spawning, and I am out there during the waves of fish moving up to spawn so I see it. It has been a very long spawning period this year and with morning ... Continue Reading...

Warm Days Heat Up Kentucky Lake's Fishing Scene

Steve McCadams

For May 20, 2020

Warmer weather returned last week and it has helped heat up the fishing scene across Kentucky Lake. Decent conditions were long overdue as below normal temperatures had lingered far too long and thrown the spring fishing timetable off balance. Notably off schedule have been the spawning phases of bluegill and redear (shellcracker) sunfish this year. Anglers have been accustomed to seeing active bedding get underway in early May on both ... 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...

Spring Fishing is Here!

Eric Ashley

For May 4, 2020

As I sit down to write this, the thoughts of the day running through my head, I think to myself what a crazy world we live in. With most people unemployed at the present time due to COVID-19, and the rest being deemed essential workers, it is easy to see the roller coaster of emotions different families face day to day. Financial worries and virus concerns for loved ones, has stress at an all-time high. Life as we knew it is over ... Continue Reading...

The Bass Spawn and Staying Safe

Brandon Hunter

For May 4, 2020

The 2020 Fishing Season has been interesting to say the least. When getting kicked off the first of March, the year started out with a bang. Fishing was great and everyone was excited to get the year started. Then Covid-19 hit us in the face and basically shut the country down for the last month. I have been taking it easy for a few weeks and staying on the water a good bit. I'm ready to get back going, as I know ... Continue Reading...

Kick'n Bass Guide Service Releases First Report for 2020

Rich Bay

For April 29, 2020

From the deck of the Kick'n Bass pontoon... The rain has just inundated our area for weeks. TVA is pulling a lot of water but the average elevation is staying just above summer pool. The air temps are near 66 and water temps on Monday moved between 63 and 65 or so. A little chilly but crappies, etc., are being caught from 4 to 20 feet of water. If only we could save some of this wind for the dog days of summer that would be ... 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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