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    Going to Lake Barkley

    If I can get any info about Barkley from anyone out there many thanks. I'll be going the first of May.

    Thanks again,
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    That time of year, the spawn should be well underway. You’ll probably find fish in all three stages...pre, spawn and post spawn. Lead in banks, secondary points in front of spawning areas and hard, shallow areas are three areas I’d start on.

    Just so you know...Barkley can get VERY muddy if it’s rainy. Don’t be afraid to venture over to Kentucky Lake via the canal if it does.

    Also, if you’ve not been on Barkley before, pay attention to the buoys. Even at summer pool, which the lake should be at by May 1, you can easily donate a lower unit on Barkley if you don’t know where you are going. If you don’t know, go slow.

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    May be a bit early, but it's a great numbers lake. A few years ago, that was our annual vacation, right around Memorial Day. Our best areas were from the prison area toward Barkley dam for maybe 3 miles on the "prison" side. It's a really good area. If it is not a full pool when you go, be careful, it's easy to tear something up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sflam123 View Post
    That time of year, the spawn should be well underway. You’ll probably find fish in all three stages...pre, spawn and post spawn. Lead in banks, secondary points in front of spawning areas and hard, shallow areas are three areas I’d start on.

    Just so you know...Barkley can get VERY muddy if it’s rainy. Don’t be afraid to venture over to Kentucky Lake via the canal if it does.

    Also, if you’ve not been on Barkley before, pay attention to the buoys. Even at summer pool, which the lake should be at by May 1, you can easily donate a lower unit on Barkley if you don’t know where you are going. If you don’t know, go slow.
    Good information there. Obviously getting fishing information is wonderful but, safety information is even more valuable to me. What is the hazard you speak of on Barkley, is it submerged trees, rocks, sandbars or a combination of them all?

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    Good information there. Obviously getting fishing information is wonderful but, safety information is even more valuable to me. What is the hazard you speak of on Barkley, is it submerged trees, rocks, sandbars or a combination of them all?
    Stumps

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohsnags View Post
    Stumps

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    When your on plane stay in the channel Barkley get super shallow super quick in lots of places. Enjoy

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    High muddy water right now, that’s not uncommon in the spring. I’ll trundle down and flip a bush or three in May. I’m no where near the prison. The upper end fishes like the river it is.

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    Where are you staying ?

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    Also remember just about every bay you go into will have some sort of road bed across the mouth of the bay.[QUOTE=ohsnags;9095542]Stumps[/QUOTE

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    And you may want to check the weather each day before heading out especially the wind them lakes can get rough in a hurry.

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    Bush fishing should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMChamp View Post
    Good information there. Obviously getting fishing information is wonderful but, safety information is even more valuable to me. What is the hazard you speak of on Barkley, is it submerged trees, rocks, sandbars or a combination of them all?
    Combination of all, you can also go from 40' to 2' just outside of the channel. That time of year it should be getting close to summer pool but if you come down during the draw down in the fall or winter be very careful if you don't know your way around. I've been on lake Barkley for 20 years and found another submerged rail road track a couple years ago.

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    When going upstream remember to keep the red bouys on your right.
    I fished it with a friend who could never keep it straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warthogr View Post
    If I can get any info about Barkley from anyone out there many thanks. I'll be going the first of May.

    Thanks again,
    Roger
    Fish on the creek channel drop offs just inside the bays, the bush fishing has just about gone south on both lakes. Shallow water to me on Barkley is like 10 foot, on Ky 15 foot, those fish could very well be deeper depending on weather conditions. As all have said be careful, will be at summer pool about Middle to latter part of April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMChamp View Post
    Good information there. Obviously getting fishing information is wonderful but, safety information is even more valuable to me. What is the hazard you speak of on Barkley, is it submerged trees, rocks, sandbars or a combination of them all?
    Barkley has numerous shallow areas outside of the main channel where you can hit stumps, rocks, old foundations, and gravel bars. These same hazards exist in the major creeks and bays.

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    There's no telling what will be happening then. Either way though, it's usually a good time for numbers, a little tough to find the big ones then as they'll be so scattered and probably a number of different things working. Might even be a good yellow flower bite then.

    Different parts of the lake will be fishing differently then too due to the water temp. You might find it to be 4 degrees or more warmer down south near the TN line than what it is at the dam or canal, which can have a large impact. Might be better down south, or it could be better up north. Like I said, there's no telling what will be going on then. Just have to go fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiana Jack View Post
    When going upstream remember to keep the red bouys on your right.
    I fished it with a friend who could never keep it straight.

    The easiest way to remember is RED, RIGHT, RETURN. As said, Heading up river, keep red buoys to your right.

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    Another thing to consider is the Elites will be on Kentucky Lake the first week of May. They are going to go out of Paris,. Lodging in the area may be a problem.

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