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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/18/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 357.10  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.10  Surface Temperature - 84
 
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 25,500 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,100 cfs this morning. 
 
General Conditions:  In last week's report, the weather forecast for last weekend showed that we were supposed to get up to 4 inches of rain in the lake's area by this past Monday.  This did not happen as the stalled front stalled out further north of us and all the heavy rains stayed to our northwest.  We did receive some scattered rain over the past few days but this did not amount to much.  

The scattered and slower bite on the bass I have been reporting has continued this week.  The better pattern has been what I call "junk" fishing, that is, fishing isolated wood cover on the top's of the main lake ledges near deep water or shallow wood cover located on main lake points near deep water as well as isolated shallow wood cover on the flats in the creeks and bays.  It has been a one or two fish here on this cover and one or two fish there on the next spot.  Slower techniques such as Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged worms, jigs, shaky heads and drop shots have been the most productive.  
 
We have another cold front that will be passing through the lakes area over the weekend.  The forecast for Friday is for a high of 81/low of 71 with a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind SSW at 6.  Saturday's forecast shows a high of 82/low of 67 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind SW at 15.  We will be post frontal on Sunday with a high of 77/low of 60 with wind NNW at 8.  A post frontal cool down is forecasted from Sunday through next mid week with high's around 80/low's in the lower 60's with post frontal light winds beginning on Monday.  
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the tops of the ledges as well as on main lake points where there is shallow wood near the deep water. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, drop shots, shaky heads and jigs There are also some bass being taken around docks where there are schools of fry. These fish are being taken on unweighted senko type baits and finesse jigs. Some Largemouth are also being taken around isolated wood in the shallows with spinner baits, lipless crankbaits, square billed crankbaits, jigs, shakey heads and Texas rigged creature baits. 
 
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. Smallmouth are 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: Bag 5 custom painted Strike Red Eye Shad in blue glimmer, Stike King Red Eye Shad in sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, Slong's spinner bait in blue glimmer,  Slong’s football jig with a blue craw skirt, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong’s and Charmer shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin as well as Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin/blue and watermelon purple, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin blue 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, live minnows fished vertically and blade baits as well as trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crank baits. White Bass have been somewhat active this week in the jumps along the river channel ledges and creek channel ledges as well as on the main lake flats, but the jumps are short in duration. These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons cast into the surface feeding fish.
 
Catfish: Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 feet of water on bottom rigs baited with cut baits, shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails.

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Geese
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

These geese float gracefully on a warm autumn day. Honker Lake was actually named for the number of Giant and Interior Canadian geese it attracts.