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Top Water Action Slowed, Striper Fishing Better Than Normal

Report Date: October 23, 2011

Water level-8ft below full pool

Water Temp-upper 60s

The top water action has been slowing for the last week. It was real good from mid-September to mid October. It started in the lower lake and moved up the lake as the water cooled. The lake is starting to turn over and fishing normally gets tough until late November.

The backs of creeks will complete turn-over first and the fish will migrate to the creeks this month. If the water has a dark brown or black color; look for water with a greener color. Fish will move away from turning water. Sometimes the color will change as you ride down the lake. Look in the green water near the dark water. This migration holds true for bass and stripers. The Kentucky spotted bass population is exploding with schools of everywhere.

By the end of November, turnover will be complete. The sea gulls will lead to active fish that will eat free lined and down lined herring. For those that prefer artificial, try flukes and bucktails early and late. Try a jigging spoon under the bright sun. Work the spoon up and down off the bottom in the creek channels; usually at 30 to 50 feet deep.

Tight Lines,
Preston Harden

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