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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/13/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.53  Surface Temperature - 86
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.55  Surface Temperature - 86
 
Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 59,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 36,000 cfs this afternoon. 

Current Conditions:  The operative words for this week have been "hot and humid"  We have had day time highs in the 90's all week and heat indexes eclipsing the 100 degree mark every day.  Water temperatures as you can see are above normal for this time in July and thus the oxygen levels are low.  The ledge bite for the bass has been slow and scattered all week during the day. 
 
Slow techniques and finesse baits have been putting a few fish in the boat.  Reports I have received this week indicate the better bite is late in the evening and at night.  The early morning top water bite in the shallows is still there but scattered and not as good as it was a week ago.  I know this is not what a lot of you anglers want to hear, but it is what it is and I have never failed to report a tough bite if that is what it is.  
 
The weather forecast for tomorrow is showing a high of 89/ night time low of 69 with a frontal passage.  A 60% chanced of thunderstorms is in the forecast with winds light and variable.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 87/low of 64 with a 30% chance of morning showers with wind N at 5.  Sunday's forecast is showing a high of 89/low of 69 with wind light and variable.  The extended forecast into mid next week is showing a return to day time high's in the 90's/ night time low's in the 70's with wind light and variable.  Expect humid conditions next week similar to what we have had this week.  
 
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 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, 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,  Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum, red bug and green pumpkin 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, Charmer shaky head worms and zoom trick worms on shaky head jigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple.
 
 
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.  There has been some early morning jumps around the mouths of the creeks and bays but they are not lasting very long but some fish can be taken in these jumps with inline spinners and small spoons cast into the surface feeding fish.

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