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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/27/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Kentucky Dam - 358.00  Surface Temperature -  89
Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 357.95  Surface Temperature - 89
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 21,700 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average of 9,000 cfs this morning. 
Current Conditions:  We experienced a continuation of the heat wave we have been experiencing over the past couple of weeks again this week with heat indexes over 100 degrees every day.  The lack of current on the lakes also continued this past week and is forecast to continue for the near future.  The ledge bite for the bass continues to be slow during the day as it has been for past three weeks.  We are catching some fish on the ledges during the day but the numbers are few and you have to work for them. 
Our most productive ledge techniques this week were Carolina rigging small creature baits and drop shot rigs.  The better bite for us this week was shallow in the backs of the creeks and with top water lures early and then tube jigs and finesse jigs around shallow isolated wood cover after the sun came up.  Our best morning on this pattern yielded over 3 limits and our worst morning only a few short fish.  The reports I am getting still indicate a better late evening and night bite on the ledges and also on main lake points and secondary points in the creeks and bays.  Dark skirted spinner baits, jigs, Texas rigged worms and tube jigs are being reported as productive at night.  
The better news is that we had a cold front move through the area early this morning and the forecast is looking good for breaking this heat wave and having some cooler days and less humidity for the immediate future.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 84/night time low of 60 with wind NE at 11.  Sunday's forecast is calling for a high of 84/night time low of 61 with wind N at 8.  The extended forecast is calling for more post frontal conditions through Tuesday with high's in the 80's/low's in the 60's with light and variable winds.  The next front is currently forecast to arrive sometime late 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 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 shallow near isolated wood cover and around docks with cover during the day on spinner baits, Texas rigged creature baits, jigs, tube 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 splash baits in white, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, D&L jigs in "oops" and Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in Cumberland craw, Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum and green pumpkin on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin/blue and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms and zoom trick worms on shaky head jigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple and Charmer tubes in smoke purple on tube jig heads rigged stupid style.  
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. The mayfly hatches are not large but some smaller hatches are still occurring on some nights. 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.
Catfish:  Channels and blues are being taken along river ledges in 20-30 feet of water on cut baits on bottom rigs.  

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Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.