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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/16/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.75  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.0  Surface Temperature - 85
Kentucky Lake is a few inches below summer pool.  Lake Barkley is at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 34,000 cfs late this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,300 cfs this afternoon.  
General Conditions:  Hot and humid has been the operative words for the weather this past week.  Today the heat index topped out at 108 degrees.  We are supposed to see some slightly cooler weather this weekend with lower humidity levels which will certainly be welcomed by all of us anglers.  Ledges as one would expect are the primary pattern now and we are catching bass for sure but the schools are smaller and more scattered than normal for this time of year.  It is more of a one or two here and one or two there type pattern than getting into large schools of feeding bass.  Our best pattern has been the slow approach overall with jigs, Carolina rigs and Texas rigs although I am getting a number of reports of deep diving crankbaits and swim baits working also.  We also have taken some advantage this week of an early morning topwater bite in the shallows and a shallow bite during the day around wood cover.  TVA is still not pulling much water so current has been pretty much non existant except during the late afternoon and early evening hours.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 90/low of 68 with wind NNE at 10.  Saturday is showing a high of 93/low of 69 with wind ENE at 9.  Sunday's forecast is for a high of 95/low of 67 with wind S at 9.  The extended forecast into mid next week continues with high's in the mid 90's/ low's in the mid 60's with post frontal sunny skies and light winds.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges with deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, drop shots 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 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, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Keitech swim baits in pro blue and pearl,  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.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and blade baits.  
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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This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.