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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 Captain Kirk's Guide Service - Kirk Weber
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Fishing Report
January 22, 2015

Air Temperature: Low 27 / High 56  Water Temperature: Low 38 / High 43 Water Elevation: 355.5' (Winter pool 354' - Summer pool is 359') Water Clarity: A little dirty   I went fishing the other day! The weather was great! It did seem a little odd though; 58 degrees, sunny, and no wind.   I was wearing a light jacket and there was ice on the lake! Caught a few Crappie and one Largemouth. Slow bite to say the least. It's a little early but it was sure nice to get out.  I caught one Crappie 26' deep and two 12' deep. I was using a Bobby Garland white shad body on a 1/8 oz jig.  I caught the bass by dragging a 1/4 oz swimbait on a mainlake gravely, rock point 8' deep.  I've mostly been preparing for my spring trips by putting out brush piles, getting the boats and poles in good order, and getting a few honey-do's finished.  I'll be fishing more and more in the near future. I'll do my best to keep you posted.  See ya on the water. Captain Kirk, out! www.CaptainKirksGuideService.com 270-354-6017 

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Fishing Report Provided by Kick'n Bass Guide Service, LLC - Randy Kuhens
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Fishing Report
January 16, 2015

Lake Conditions

Note: Ice around some of the boat ramps and bays.

With the warming trend this weekend expect some of the ice to move out but use caution at all times and be sure to wear your PFD and advise others of your plans.

Lake Levels

As of this morning both lakes are approximately one foot over winter pool.    Currently Kentucky Dam is spilling and there is increased current in the lake. For additional info, including generation schedule for Kentucky Lake, visit the TVA website:

http://www.tva.gov/lakes/kyh_r.htm

Water Clarity and Temperature

On Kentucky Lake ranges from light stain in some of the creeks with the main lake very clear. The lake is very fishable. Barkley is lightly stained and the main lake is very fishable. Surface water temps on both lakes are in the low to mid 40’s.Weather Outlook Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 mph. Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Saturday Night...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s. Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Lows in the lower 30s. Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Lows in the lower 30s. Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s.

Fishing the Shad Kill ...

You may or not have noticed but there is a significant event happening on our lakes right now. If you walk the banks or look into the bays you’ll see a number of things; a thin skim of ice in a lot of bays, gulls circling wildly and dead shad floating everywhere.

The highlight of the winter fishing season is the shad kill. Currently our water temps are hovering in the very low 40’s and when the

temps reach 42 degrees or lower shad die off. Some float to the surface and are easy prey for game fish and gulls. Others end up near the bottom where they are sucked thru the turbines during generation creating a chum effect. When huge amounts of food are driven through the generators at the Dam it makes for a significant feeding event and at times more like a feeding frenzy. All game fish have one thing in mind when this happens and that’s to feed.

It’s winter time and been bitterly cold and these conditions tend to turn anglers off. I know, it seems like spring time couldn’t be any further way but fishing during a shad kill can be one of the best times to fish, period! Folks, were talking about fishing below the Dams so wear

your PFD at all times, be sure to dress appropriately and advise others of your plans.

One of the best ways to fish is to motor up to the Dam and fish as you drift downstream. My favorite technique is to cast either a Steel Shad Blade bait or a Dixie Jet spoon and work the lure back using a moderate retrieve. Also at times like this a Ken’s Barbrella rig can’t be beat; it’s just something about those umbrella rigs that the fish find irresistible. Fishing during a shad kill can be a pretty good cure for Cabin Fever.

Be sure and check the generation and Prime feeding times as well as the dam releases before venturing out. Remember always use good judgment and a safe trip is a good trip!

Fishing Report I wish I had a glowing report for you but the fact is other than fishing below Kentucky Dam it’s been pretty slow. The cold weather and shad kill on the upper lake has slowed the fishing considerably for all species. Currently the Dams are spilling and the amount of water and

current makes fishing in those areas not advisable. However, once the gates are closed fishing should be very, very good. Don’t forget to wear your PFD, dress warmly and advise other of your plans if you do venture out to fish.

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