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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/15/2018

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.63  Surface Temperature - 85
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 85

Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 37,425 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 29,100 cfs this morning. 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:  Hot and humid describes the weather here this week and the forecast indicates this weather pattern will continue over the weekend.  Heat indexes are topping over 100 degrees right now so make sure you stay hydrated if your headed out on the lakes.  

The ledge bite has been slow this past week with little current and low oxygen levels.  The best bite has been very early in the morning and late in the evening in shallow water in the creeks and bays where you can catch some bass on top water lures where they are feeding on schools of fry.  The mayflies are also hatching right now and some bass can be taken in the creeks and bays on these hatches where white bass and some largemouth mixed in are in the jumps during the morning hours.  Top water lures are working on these fish when they are up feeding on the surface.  

FLASH:  I will not be publishing a report next week.  I have been having some pain in one of my legs this past week and a trip to the doctor on Wednesday revealed that I have a blood clot in my right leg and I have been ordered off the water for a week rest and treatment as we try to get this condition resolved.  

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  The ledge bite is slow. 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.  Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays during the morning hours where mayfly hatches are occurring.  These fish are mixing in with white bass in jumps and can be taken on top water lures.  

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 and green pumpkin on Texas rigs, Big Hammer swim baits in bay smelt and Robo worms on drop shot in mean green. Strike King top water splash bait in white and whopper plopper top water in monkey's butt.  

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.  Some bluegills are also being taken around mayfly hatches early in the morning on red worms and crickets under bobbers.

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.