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November 22, 2011

Air Temperature: 66 (Rainy)
Water Temperature: 57
Water Elevation: 356.6' (Summer Pool 359' / Winter Pool 354')
Water Clarity: Getting a little dirty in places

November on Kentucky Lake...
Windy, cold and wet, yeah that describes November pretty good. But, there's one thing I learned a long time ago. If you only fish when the weather is perfect, you're not going to fish very often. November is one month I'd rather not miss because the fish catching is some of the best of the year. November 11th was the best Crappie trip I had all of 2011. I fished with Kevin Uden (friend and client for 15 years) his wife, his son, and his daughter-in-law. It was the coldest day we've had this fall but we caught 49 keeper Crappie and probably at least 100 shorts (under 10") and we had a great time doing it in 30 degree weather! Yesterday I went out in the rain for 4 hours and caught 18 keeper Crappie, three of which were over 2 Lbs, 10 Smallmouth Bass of which two were 20 inchers, four Largemouth Bass around 16" a piece, and two Drum. I'll remember this day for it's eerie silence on the lake with no wind, fog, misty rain, and good action all to myself. I took some cool pictures, if you'd like to view them go to my "Pictures" page on my web site at

With all the rain we've had the lake is on the rise with some color and the fish are shallow and biting. Get some good outdoor all-weather clothing and get out and enjoy nature!

Notes on Action: We've been catching lots of Crappie lately. There is an abundance of barely short fish in the lake and a fair number of 10"+ fish. The next two years we should be rich with keeper Crappie in Kentucky Lake.
Where to Fish: We were catching them best in deeper brush piles but with the rising colored water, yesterday I caught them along rocky banks with a little wood.
What to Use: Gulp minnows, Bobby Garland shads, and curly tails cast on 1/16 oz jigheads worked yesterday.

Notes on Action: Any time the water comes up and gets a little dirty, the bass move shallow and get active. The water is rising and there is some color.
What to Use: I caught Smallmouth and Largemouth yesterday on a small pointer jerk bait. Crankbaits, rattle traps, swim baits, spinner baits, and jigs will all catch fish.
Where to Fish: They were on main lake points yesterday but if we keep these warm rains, I can see fish being caught in the shallow flats in the backs of bays.

I'd like to send out a great big "THANK YOU" to everyone who fished with Captain Kirk's Guide Service this past year.

Have a great Thanksgiving and I'll see ya on the water!

Captain Kirk, out!

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