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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/11/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.32  Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.35  Surface Temperature - 87
 
Both lakes are nearing one foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 37,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 27,900 cfs this afternoon.  
 
General Conditions:  After a slight reprieve from the heat last weekend, the heat returned with heat indexes over 100 every day this week with wind light and variable.  The TVA did step up the flow of water a little over the past two days as is reflected in the flow rates above.  We could use more but we will take what we can get.  

The day time bite continues to be scattered and slow on the bass during the day.  The better bite is reported to be late in the evening and at night.  We took fish both on the ledges and back in the shallows this week but as I mentioned, the bite is still scattered and slow, so patience is the key to having some success during the day.  
 
It looks like we are in for some heavy rains over the weekend and into early next week.  The current forecast is calling for as much as 4 inches of rain on the north ends of the lakes by Monday as a cool front moves into the area and is expected to stall out over the area.  The forecast for tomorrow (Friday) is for a high of 89/low of 75 with a 20% chance of scattered thunderstorms, heat indexes above 100 with wind SSW at 8.  Saturday's forecast is for a high of 86/low of 72 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms with wind SSW at 8.  Sunday's forecast is for a high of 81/low of 69 with an 80% chance of thunderstorms and wind WSW at 6.  The extended forecast into next mid week is calling for high's in the 80's/low's in the 60's with a continued 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms each day and south quadrant winds.
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges as well as on main lakes points and secondary creek channel points with swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, drop shots, shaky heads and jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on secondary points and creek channel banks in the creeks and bays early and late in the day where they are feeding on schools of fry. 

These fish are being taken on top water lures, medium running crank baits, chatter baits, Texas rigged worms and finesse 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 and Texas rigged creature baits. The night largemouth are being taken on dark skirted spinner baits, Texas rigged worms, shaky heads, jigs and tube jigs.
 
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 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: Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, 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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