Explore Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley Fishing
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Contact Us About Us
Switch Mobile/Desktop

Archived Fishing Report

Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/07/2018

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.18  Surface Temperature - 80
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.05  Surface Temperature - 80

Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of 89,494 cfs this morning.  Lake Barkley was generating at an average rate of 29,400 cfs this morning.

Current Conditions:  We had a reprieve from the above average heat and humidity after the passing of the cold front last weekend which made our fishing a little more pleasant with the lower temperatures and humidity.  This reprieve is short lived though as the above average temperatures and higher humidity levels are returning today with the approach of another front that will be passing though the lakes area this weekend. 

The bass fishing this week has been up and down on the ledges for numbers of fish but some nice fish were taken by having the patience and confidence to stay on a ledge where the fish were present and work to get some of them to bite.  The ledge fish have been pressured so much over the past few weeks with all the big and smaller tournaments that we have had here that they have become more lure wary than one would expect for this time in June.  Slower techniques such as Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs, drop shots and swim baits were our best producers this week on the ledges.  

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges and deep main lake points.  These fish are being taken with deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs, drop shots and swim baits.  Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in the backs of the creeks and bays on top water lures where they are feeding on schools of fry.   

SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and on the ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and swim baits.   

PRODUCTIVE LURES:  Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 in sexy shad and blue back/chartreuse belly, Rapala DT 16 in parrot,  D&L jigs in Cumberland craw and oops patterns, Slong's jigs in mustang, Charmer timber pups on Carolina rig in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worm in plum on Texas rigs, Big Hammer swim baits in bay smelt and Robo worms on drop shot in mean green.

Bluegill/Red Ears:  Blue gills and Red Ears are still being taken shallow in the creeks and bays but reports indicate they are somewhat scattered now.  The blue gill are taking crickets under bobbers and the Red Ears are taking red worms on split shot rigs fished on bottom.

Channel Catfish:  Channel Catfish being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers on rocky banks and points.

More Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

Now That You're 'Hooked' on Fishing... Come See Us!

If you've dug this deep in our Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley fishing reports, you are probably just itching to come down and visit the South's biggest lakes.  Get started by finding that perfect place to stay!  Find a Kentucky Lake cabin or a Lake Barkley campground, a full-service resort or a marina.  Heck, there are even dozens of hotels off the water to choose from! 

Don't have a boat?  No worries!  Bank fishing is always an option for panfish. But if you're heart is set on largemouth or smallmouth, you can rent a fishing boat at many of our local resorts!

The perfect place to start looking for a place to stay at Kentucky or Barkley Lakes?  Right here on our main lodging page.

Photo by Angela Smith

Kentucky sunrises can dirty dance with the best of them. Experience yours at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.