Greetings to all of you fishing enthusiasts and Kentucky Lake lovers out there. Don, Eric, and myself hope all has been well with each of you since our last report. I am going to be busy the next few days, so I wanted to take a minute and give you an update of what has been going on in my boat.
As of 5:00 am this morning, Kentucky and Barkley Lakes were listed as being 355.80. Midnight elevation for Kentucky is forecast to be 356.04, falling to 355.96 by Thursday, followed by 355.80 on Friday. Both lakes were recorded at 55 degrees at each dam. In the bay I fished yesterday, I found some surface temperature water to be 56 around noon. The water had some color to it, which I like for whatever that is worth.
We had some storms roll through yesterday afternoon, and the temperatures have dropped with a stiff north wind blowing today. The temperature is supposed to reach the lower 50's today with an overnight low in the upper 30's. Temperatures are forecast to rebound the rest of the week into the 60's and 70's with the overnight lows staying in the 50's. This should warm that water temperature up to where it was before the big arctic blast we had last week.
As far as fishing is concerned, I have no complaints, and by our standards would rate it as having been good. As always, some days are better than others, and mother nature many times dictates where and how you have to fish, which plays into the equation. Since the cold front, our fish have been coming between 15 to 24 feet of water both in bays and the main lake. Fish have been taken over brush piles and stakes on creek channel ledges and flats. All of the fish were taken vertically fishing both minnows and tube jigs. Out of over 30 fish we kept Thursday, not one came on a jig. Friday, we were able to catch them on both with one not really better than the other. Go figure. The best color for me has been a pumpkin seed or pumpkin and chartreuse. I had a chance to go look around for a bit yesterday, so I stayed shallow just to see, and I did not have a lot of success, but that doesn't mean someone else did not catch them that way. Each time I go, I tend to find that it changes on a daily and even hourly basis.
While I have been out fishing, we have been seeing eagles, loons, and pelicans. If any of you have never visited the Moors Resort and Kentucky Lake area, now is as good of a time as any. Moors has a lot to offer with a full service marina, restaurant and bar, playground for the kids, among other things. There are a lot of things to do and see in the whole lakes region. If any of you would like to get out on the water, give us a call. Don's cell is 270-559-1366 and mine is 270-331-3519. I promise we will treat you good and do our best to put some fish in the boat for you to take home with you.