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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/04/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 357.49  Surface Temperature - 85
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.45  Surface Temperature - 85
Both lakes are one and one half feet below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 21,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 9,300 cfs this morning.
Current Conditions:  Some cooler days and cooler nights this week were a welcome reprieve from the heat wave we were under for the past few weeks here at the lakes.  As you can see, water temperatures dropped 4 degrees since my report last week.  This water temperature drop assisted by some current draw in the afternoons this past week resulted in raising the oxygen levels slightly.  Although overall the ledge bite has remained scattered, we did experience a more active bite on a few ledges early in the morning this week which had not been present in the past few weeks.  The early morning and late evening shallow water bite I have been reporting in the creeks and bays near wood cover where bass are feeding on schools of fry has continued to be the more consistent pattern.  
We had another cold front pass through the area last night and the weather forecast looks good for a continuation of these cooler temperatures.  As a matter of fact, the forecast low for tonight is for a low in the 50's.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 84/night time low of 65 with wind SE at 10.  Sunday's forecast is showing another frontal passage with a high of 83/night time low of 69 with an 80% chance of scattered thunderstorms with wind S at 7.  The extended forecast through mid next week is calling for high's in the low 80's, low's in the mid 60's and overall light 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 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 and black/blue, 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. This bite is better during the afternoon and evening periods when current is being generated.

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