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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/21/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.46  Surface Temperature - 89
 
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.45  Surface Temperature - 89
 
Both lakes are one half foot below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 28,500 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 8,900 cfs this morning.
 
Current Conditions:  As I mentioned in last week's report, "hot and humid" are the operative words for the weather here at the lakes.  We have had heat indexes over 100 degrees every day this week.  The ledge bite for the bass continues to be slow and scattered with little wind and low oxygen levels.  We are still taking fish early in the day in the backs of creeks and bays on top water lures as there are bass feeding on schools of fry.  Largemouth are also being taken during the day in the creeks and bays near wood cover where some fish are feeding on the schools of fry as well as around docks in the creeks and bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on spinner baits, jigs, shaky heads and senko type baits.  
 
The forecast for today and the weekend is for more hot and humid conditions.  Today's forecast is calling for a high of 98/ night time low of 77 with wind SW at 6.  Saturday's forecast is showing a high of 96/ night time low of 78 with a 20% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind SW at 10.  Sunday's forecast is calling for a high of 93/ night time low of 74 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind WSW at 10.  The extended forecast through next mid week is showing daytime high's in the upper 80's/ low's in the low 70's with chances of thunderstorms each day and light and variable winds.
 
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 and around docks during the day on spinner baits, texas rigged creature baits, jigs 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 spash 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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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.