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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/23/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.88  Surface Temperature - 81
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.75  Surface Temperature - 81
Both lakes are a few inches below summer pool on a draw down.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 61,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 40,400 cfs this morning.  
Current Conditions:  The remnants of tropical storm Cindy are passing through the lakes area today.  At same time a cold front will be moving through the area from the northwest.  I waited until this morning to write this report to give you the latest information as forecasts have been changing hourly for the past couple of days as to how much rain we would have here as well as the surrounding region.  As of this report, it appears we will get a few inches here in the lakes area today but areas to the northwest in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri will be getting more of this rain as well as areas south of us in Tennessee and Alabama.  

The TVA in preparation for this influx of water in the area here and up river (south of us) has been pulling the lakes here and south of us down for the past 2 days in the event they may have to hold back the water in the near future because of possible flooding down stream.  Right now the TVA is forecasting the lakes to only be below summer pool about 6 inches by Sunday but all of this could change as the situation develops.  You can monitor the lake levels and projections for the lakes here and those up stream from us by using the link provided in the paragraph above.
At the beginning of this week we had flat water, no current and blue skies during the mornings and the ledge bite was slow but increased in the late afternoon and early evening as the water flows increased.  The ledge bite was better the past couple of days though out the day with the constant current in the draw down coupled with some wind and clouds.  The forecast for the weekend is calling for post frontal conditions with a high Saturday of 81/night time low if 57 with wind NNW at 8.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of 82/night time low of 60 with wind W at 10.  Monday is showing a high of 77/night time low of 58 with wind NNW at 7.  The extended forecast is showing a return to the 80's with night time low's in the 60's and winds from the south quadrant by Wednesday.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, swim baits, spoons, Texas rigged large worms, drop shot rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are being taken in the backs of the creeks and bays early and late in the day on topwater lures as they are feeding on schools of fry. Some Largemouth are also being taken near wood cover during the day in the shallow water on spinner baits, texas rigged creature baits and Senko type baits.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on ledges during the day on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. Smallmouth and Largemouth are being taken at night on rocky main lake points and rocky points inside the mouths of creeks and bays on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs and tube jigs. 
Productive Lures: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King splash baits in white, Rapala, Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 in Tennessee shad, sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT16 in parrot, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Kitech swim baits in pro blue, D&L jigs in "oops" and Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in Cumberland craw, Slong's spinner baits in blue glimmer, Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum, red bug and watermelon/red on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue and watermelon/purple.
Bluegill: Bluegills are being taken around mayfly hatches near overhanging trees and docks early and late in the day on crickets and wax worms fished under bobbers.
White Bass: White Bass are being taken along main lake ledges and the ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays with in line spinners and blade baits fished vertically as well as around mayfly hatches near overhanging trees early and late in the day.

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