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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/09/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.28  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 79
 
Both lakes are just slightly over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at a rate of 14,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at a rate of 8,600 cfs this morning. 

General Conditions:  We experienced some nice cooler days this week with lower humidity levels and post frontal conditions.  The ledge bite seemed somewhat slower this week with little current and lower oxygen levels but we have managed to catch some fish on the ledges although they have been scattered.  The TVA is now in a typical summer pattern of lower flows during the early morning to early afternoon hours and then stepping up the flow during the heat of the day in the afternoons and early evening hours.  There continues to be an early morning and late evening shallow water bite where bass are feeding on schools of fry.  We have had some productive mornings on this bite.  Ol man summer is about to show his head this coming weekend and into next week with above normal temperatures and high humidity levels.  
 
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 95/low of 67 with wind SSE at 4.  Saturday is showing a high of 98/low of 71 with wind WSW at 7.  Sunday calls for another high of 98/low of 72 with a 20% chance of thunderstorms and wind W at 6.  The extended forecast into next week shows more heat with high's in the 90's/low's in the 70's with south quadrant winds and chances of thunderstorms each day.  Don't forget the sunscreen and bring plenty of water and sports drinks.
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays near vegetation on topwater lures and chatterbaits early in the morning and late in the evening. Some bass are being taken near wood cover in shallow water during the day on Texas rigged creature baits and worms.
 
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on the ledges with Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as rocky banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs, shaky heads and grubs. Although the numbers are low, some nice fish have been taken.
 
PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures this week have been: Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 crankbaits in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 crankbaits in parrot, Bag 5 custom painted deep crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Picasso FX shock blade chatterbait in white and blue glimmer, Zman chatterbaits in white, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King splash bait in white, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug as well as Yamamto senkos and Yum dingers in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs and Texas rigs, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum and green pumpkin on Texas rigs.
 
Bluegill/Red Ear: There are still some of these fish spawning and are being taken shallow with crickets and red worms under bobbers as well as on split shot rigs baited with small creature jigs tipped with worms dragged slowly on bottom. Look for the red ears on gravel points in 3-5 ft of water. The bluegills are being taken in front of the brush on gravel bottoms in 2-4 ft of water. 
 
Catfish: Channel catfish are being taken on rocky points and banks on night crawlers fished both under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Some nice catches of numbers of these fish are now being reported.  Blue Catfish and Flatheads are now being taken along the river channels ledges in 20-30 feet of water on bottom rigs.

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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.