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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/23/2016

Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.88  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.95 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 19,000 cfs late this afternoon. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,300 cfs this afternoon. 

General Conditions: It is definitely summer as those of us that have been on the water this week during the day can attest.  Heat indexes above 100 every day this week and of course accompanied by the occasional afternoon summer thunderstorm.  We had a good week on the bass this week though despite the heat.  We concentrated solely on the ledges this week and our pattern of slower techniques (Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs) continued to be the most productive for us.  I have had a number of reports of a good late evening and night bite this week on the ledges and most of the reports would indicate the late evening and night bite are more productive right now than the day bite in numbers of fish. 
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 97/low of 72 with wind NNW at 6.  Saturday is showing a high of 95/low of 76 with wind SSE at 5.  Sunday's forecast is for a high of 07/low of 76 with wind WSW at 7.  The extended forecast into mid next week is showing high's in the low 90's/ low's in the 60's with north quadrant winds.  A 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms is forecast for Monday.  Heat indexes are going to remain over 100 for the next few days so be sure to bring plenty of water and don't forget the sunscreen.  Keep an eye on the sky for those pop up summer thunderstorms and seek safe port if you see one coming...they move very quick and have a lot of cloud to ground lightning and localized high 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 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 and shakey heads.  I have received a few reports of Smallmouth now being taken on the rocky points on the main lake and in the front halves of the creeks and bays at night on large dark skirted spinner baits and jigs.
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 football head jigs 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: Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 feet of water on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and yellow tails.  Some catfish are also still being taken in the mid depth ranges of 10-15 ft in the creeks and bays on bottom rigs baited with night crawlers.

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.