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i would like to get in contact with someone who regularly fishes kentuck and barkley dams. I am looking to come down and do some catch and release blue cat fishing and I am sure i;ll catch an occasional striper. I need to find out what the situation is with the flooding, what the bite is like, and if skipjack, shad, bluegill, etc are readily catchable in the area. Thanks for the help!!
 

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i heard last night on the news, that both lakes were closed to boating do to high
water and fast current. "bummer"
i have a trip planed there next week, hope the water drops by then.
 

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Ive been looking to go there for a month now. I had unexpected surgery last week and I'm starting to get better so I wasw looking to go again. If you end up going share your report on conditions etc. Thanks alot man
 

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Both lakes and the and both rivers below them are closed. Most boat ramps are under water. Oh and the water looks like chocolate milk.

Update on Lake Barkley and Ky.lake
**Kentuckylake.com NEWS--
*As of 5:00 a.m. CT May 6, 2010 All of Lake Barkley remains closed to all recreational boating. Kentucky Lake is closed to all recreational boating from the dam to the U.S. 68 bridge at Aurora, Ky. Yesterday, Coast Guard officials were warning people to get off the lakes because they were closed to boating and disseminating this information thru the news media and other sources. The Coast Guard sources has stated that anyone found violating the currently established "safety zone" will receive a citation and escorted off the lakes. The maximum allowed fine for violating the "safety zone" is $32, 500.
 

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http://www.explorekentuckylake.com/

May 7, 2010 - 11:00 a.m. CDT - TVA continues to project Kentucky Lake will reach 369.4' by midnight tonight and will generally hold steady for the next couple of days. Revisions of level forecasts are usually made in the in the early afternoons, so we will bring you the latest when it becomes available.

Most of Kentucky Lake is open to recreational boating, with the exception of the portion between marker 14 and 27. MM 14 is near Calvert City on the Tennessee River below the dam. MM 27 is located near Little Bear Creek. All of Lake Barkley remains closed to recreational boating.
 

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i heard last night on the news, that both lakes were closed to boating do to high
water and fast current. "bummer"
i have a trip planed there next week, hope the water drops by then.



Please keep me updated as I am wanting to go in the next month i'd assume the prespawn bite is decent there. I really hope some locals post updates on here. Id just like to go catch some decent blues and take some pics and go home. Thanks alot man and good luck!
 

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Please keep me updated as I am wanting to go in the next month i'd assume the prespawn bite is decent there. I really hope some locals post updates on here. Id just like to go catch some decent blues and take some pics and go home. Thanks alot man and good luck!
i been going there for 15 plus years, every Mid-May. i might go to Rend lake instead .
 

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The end of May in Willow bay is usually a good spot I live in central ky and kids have ball games all the way thru June so I might not make it down till after the spawn . My in laws live @ Eddyville and the water is still high !
 

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good spot for blues? or what
Blues up to 25 in. and channels ..There may be bigger fish and Flatheads ...BIG Fish over by the peneteniary...Poplar Creek has good fish upto 20-25 inches ...I don't really target big fish cause they are cpr 'ed and I got mouths to feed so eaters are what I target . If the water gets down the tailwaters @ Barkley are good for bigguns just go downstream good area's from bridge to dycusburg @ the cliff then further down from Pickneyville to the Rock Quarry . I don't fish Kentucky lake /Tennessee river but for certain there are big fish there as well . The TNR guys get into blues @ Linton they can give you info on that area .
 

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Blues up to 25 in. and channels ..There may be bigger fish and Flatheads ...BIG Fish over by the peneteniary...Poplar Creek has good fish upto 20-25 inches ...I don't really target big fish cause they are cpr 'ed and I got mouths to feed so eaters are what I target . If the water gets down the tailwaters @ Barkley are good for bigguns just go downstream good area's from bridge to dycusburg @ the cliff then further down from Pickneyville to the Rock Quarry . I don't fish Kentucky lake /Tennessee river but for certain there are big fish there as well . The TNR guys get into blues @ Linton they can give you info on that area .

I planning on fishing for 15+lb blues and maybe an occasional flathead with hopes of fish 30+lbs. Are skippies catchable year round? I will CPR everything there is no sense in keeping larger fish that are who knows how many years old. Thanks guys I will keep checking back and sorry for the misspelling of DAM on the title not sure how i managed that.
 

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I planning on fishing for 15+lb blues and maybe an occasional flathead with hopes of fish 30+lbs. Are skippies catchable year round? I will CPR everything there is no sense in keeping larger fish that are who knows how many years old. Thanks guys I will keep checking back and sorry for the misspelling of DAM on the title not sure how i managed that.
The skippies are hard to come by at times during the colder winter months ,usually around mid March they can start being caught right below the dams on both lakes.Good luck
 

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Any updates on conditions down there guys?
I can only speak first hand of Barkley , the water is falling but the color isn't bad.Fishing has been good the past few days , alot of this due to the Corp pulling current.The channels are spawning along the rocks and around bays with willows nearby.I have heard reports that the blue bite has been really good as well and should last until they spawn.The bluegills and shell crackers "redears" are being caught in huge numbers with some monster bull gills being caught.A friend of mine has gone out twice in three days and caught over 50 big gills each time around Kuttawa harbor marina.The shellcrackers are being caught around the boat ramp.If you can get down to fish , now is a good time for some fast action on channels and gills.Good luck
 
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