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Stable Lake Levels And Weather Greet Anglers

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 06/29/2017

Kentucky Lake anglers have enjoyed stable weather and lake levels this week. The reservoir has stayed around the normal summer pool elevation of 359 at Kentucky Dam for several consecutive days.

Upstream in the New Johnsonville sector lake stages are slightly lower with readings in the 358.6 range. Water color remains clear across the reservoir.

Surface temperatures this week have stayed in the 82 to 83 degree range. Some cooler mornings with low humidity felt great out there and there was indeed a touch of fall in the air despite it being the first full week of summer.

Overall fishing conditions have been nice to anglers the last several days but warmer weather is arriving and expected to live up to its reputation for the Fourth of July heat and humidity.

Bass fishermen are holding on to a good bite from a typical summer pattern where main lake ledges are producing the most fish. Practically all winning tournament stringers are coming on ledges and drop-offs in the 10 to 14 foot depth range.

Tossing big deep diving crankbaits has worked well as have big Texas rigged worms. Jig and pig combos are working too as are Carolina rigs and some swim baits.

Some anglers are finding several small fish lingering in shallow grassbeds and around blowdowns on the main lake islands and shorelines when schools of pin minnows are present. Some topwater action has taken place at times in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

Jerk baits have worked as have floating worms around shallow, visible structure. Spinnerbaits have been popular too.

Lake levels have been relative stable this week so not much current has been present, a scenario that doesn’t help ledge fishermen. Many fishermen are reminiscing about summers past when abundant aquatic grassbeds were present and wishing for their return.

Crappie fishing has been fair with big numbers of keeper size fish still evading the coolers of most anglers. There have been some nice slabs taken with a few eclipsing the 1 ½-pound mark but overall numbers continue to be a bit below standards for the month of June.

Most fish are coming from the 12 to 14 foot depth range. While some boats are vertical fishing jig and live minnows, other popular summer techniques have been slow trolling crankbaits and long lining Road Runner style lures over main lake ledges.

A few boats have backed off toward deeper ledges and worked some structure in the 18 to 22 foot zones with minnows and jigs but success rates have been mediocre at best.

Several small fish are showing up but anglers are having to release the lion’s share of the catch which are falling short of the 10-inch minimum length. However, you can still find enough keepers to make the trip worthwhile.

Catfish continue to move toward deeper areas. Several are still hanging out in midrange depths as crappie anglers are tying into them on a regular basis in the 12 to 14 foot depth range. However, more catfish will start showing up in the deeper depths and edges of the main river channel very soon if not already.

Mayfly hatches have been inconsistent but there always seems to be one around the Fourth of July holiday. A scattered hatch or two has been seen but no massive hatches have occurred like those of yesteryear when anglers could have a ball with a flyrod during a bluegill feeding frenzy.

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Elk
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This majestic elk eyes the camera cautiously. To see bulls with fully developed racks, visit the Elk and Bison Prairie in the fall!