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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/25/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.90  Surface Temperature - 83
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.75  Surface Temperature - 83
 
Both lakes are 2 feet below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 46,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 28,000 cfs this afternoon.  The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.
 
Current Conditions:  The short heat wave we experienced over this past weekend and earlier this week raised the water temperatures a couple of degrees but the cooling down we have had after Tuesday's frontal passage has dropped the water temperatures back to present levels.  The extended forecast looks good for more cooling of the water temperatures moving us closer the temperatures we need to start the early fall transition patterns.  

The bass bite is still slow and scattered on the lakes with some being taken off ledges and some being taken off points on the main lake and in the creeks and bays, especially near wood cover.  There is still some early and late top water bite here and there but mostly on the secondary points in the creeks and bays and some on the main lake as the spring fry schools have moved deeper.  Overall the bite remains slow and scattered.
 
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,Texas rigged large worms, drop shot rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on secondary points in the creeks and bays as well as on main lake points and shallow flats 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, Senko type baits and flukes.
 
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 and Lucky Craft Gunfish in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King spash 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 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 and green pumpkin/orange flake on tube jig heads rigged stupid style, Zoom fluke junior in white and variations of green pumpkin robo worms on drop shot rigs.
 
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 by trolling medium running crank baits in these areas.
 
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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The Homeplace
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The Single Pen Cabin is one of many historic buildings at the Homeplace 1850's working farm in Land Between The Lakes.