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KY
United States
36° 49' 1.1316" N, 88° 8' 55.6944" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Kick'n Bass Guide Service, LLC - Randy Kuhens
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Fishing Report
October 24, 2014
This week both lakes are about 4 feet below summer pool and falling during the seasonal drawdown. At this time both Kentucky and Barkley Dams have gates open creating significant current in the lakes. This could change at any time depending on the amount of inflow. For more information including a generation schedule visit the TVA website at http://www.tva.gov/lakes/kyh_r.htm Both lakes range from cloudy in some of the creeks with the main lake and larger bays generally clear. Surface water temps on both lakes are in the 63-degree range. The water temp can go higher or lower depending on the weather we’ll have, as October is the month of change. Bass Fishing ... OK, it’s early morning, slight mist on the lake, cool and no one else in sight ... not even the pre-tournament boys. My client and I pull up to a shaded deep water main lake point and double on our first cast ... two 4 pounders. I catch another 4 pounder on the next cast and we’ve got 12 pounds in 3 casts. Not a bad way to start the day. Unfortunately for the next 4 hours we fish hard and never get a bite! Sad but it’s true. That’s the way it seems it’s either feast or famine right now when it comes to bass fishing. I don’t know how long the gates are going to be open and creating significant current in the lake but if I were you I would concentrate on fishing the deeper main lake points. I can tell you that there is a significant number of bass hanging around those areas and at times they bite good and other times they leave me wondering why they won’t bite. My best advice, as hard as it will be to do this, is to use something that DOESN’T look like a shad. Out best results were slowly fishing a ZMan finesse worm shakey head style and not moving it at all. Darn near like cat fishing. There were time I never felt the bite, not even with my trusty braid and fluorocarbon line combo. That’s how light the fish are biting with the North Northeast winds we’ve been having. With the favorable feeding times this weekend (see chart above) and a return to westerly winds the fish will be more aggressive and the bite will improve. If so the following will apply ... Early and late during calm conditions think Topwater working the long tapering points in 5-8 feet of water or along chunk rock banks mid way back in the bays. Spook type baits and the Excalibur Spitti’n image are two of the better baits right now. The SPRO McStickwilldosomeseriousdamagewhenthefishareaggressive. Bestbanksarethosewithcoffee can size rocks and deeper water, 10 feet or so, that is a cast away from the bank. Later in the day some bass can be caught slow-rolling spinner baits or better yet a Chatterbait by paralleling these same areas. Very late in the afternoon the back of the bays where cover is present will be the place to be and use a SPRO square bill crank bait This pattern has been pretty good in the past keep in mind we’ve had to work a lot of areas to find cooperating fish. The best Square bill bar none has been the SPRO Fat John 60 in any shad pattern. A slow retrieve and wide wobble worked real well on several trips. Some Bass are also being caught on the ledges but with the shad migrating towards the bays the action on these areas are hard to figure out. If there’s current present you can catch some fish but a lot of those are suspended among schools of baitfish and being caught on a STEEL SHAD blade bait. . Crappie Fishing ... from the Kick’n Bass Pontoon has been feast or famine. Good weather and prevailing winds make for good fishing. We’ve had neither lately but thinks are looking very good for the next few days. Crappie are slow to fair over brush in 10-12 feeet of water and are very scattered. Once the gates at the Dam close you will see a more normal bite return. White Bass & Yellow Bass ... fishing is feast or famine. Some of the bigger fish have been suspended 20feetdeepwithbigschoolsofbaitfishovermuchdeeperwater. Ken’sHybridSpinner,madelocally byMasterLureDesignerKenMcGregor,hasbeenabsolutelythehottestlurebarnone. Makealongcast and let the lure settle on the bottom and then rip it off the bottom and continue with a steady retrieve. As always a Steel Shad blade bait is a good backup plan. Catfish ... We’ve managed to catch a few everyday on either a Ken’s Hybrid spinner or a Steel Shad whether we’re bass fishing from the Ranger boat or the Pontoon. They’re on the ledges 15-20 feet deep next to deeper water. For best results keep your bait on or near the bottom using a slow yo-yo retrieve.
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Fishing Report Provided by Captain Kirk's Guide Service - Kirk Weber
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Stained
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
October 20, 2014
Air Temperature: Low 50 / High 74 Water Temperature: Low 68 / High 69 Water Elevation: 355.9' (Winter pool 354' - Summer pool is 359') Water Clarity: 3' visibility with green stain. Finally we're getting what I think of when you say "Fall Fishing on Kentucky Lake". The trees are showing some good fall color. The Crappie action is picking up with larger fish becoming more prevalent. The Large Mouth Bass are in the backs of the bays and eating spinner baits. Smallmouth Bass are readily eating small plastic grubs fished on main lake points. Seagulls are more numerous in the bays waiting for the stripes to run some bait to the surface. Life is Good!
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