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 07/06/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.64  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.90  Surface Temperature - 84
Both lakes are slightly below summer pool.  Expect both lakes to be drawn down to one foot below summer pool this month.  The lakes were very crowded over the holiday weekend but things are starting to return to normal the past couple of days.  I did my first night for this summer over the weekend and the bite was good for both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.  We had a cold front push through the area yesterday morning and the north winds have been blowing for the past two days but the wind should settle down by the weekend.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the deeper bays.  These deep summer fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  Some fish are also being taken on the flats in the bays near wood cover.  These fish are feeding on schools of fry and are being taken with topwater lures early and late in the day, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass fishing is best at night right now.  These night feeders are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points as well as secondary points in the bays.  They are being taken on dark colored spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs.
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Yozuri popper in chartruese/ghost, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon pearl,  Baby Huey worms in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/ purple, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Hoppy and Booyah spinnerbaits in black, black/red and black/blue and black/purple (night fishing).
White Bass:  The White Bass have been active the past few days along the old river ledges.  These fish are being take by vertically jigging wih small spoons and inline spinners.  There have been a number of surface feeding fish in the "jumps" on the flats near the river channels.  The jumps however have been of short duration.  
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leeches.  
Blue Gill:  The Bluegill are being taken around docks, especially those with wood cover.  These fish are being taken by fishing with worms and crickets under bobber.

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 Teresa Gemeinhardt

These two brothers are playing hide and seek with the photographer in this picture taken in Land Between The Lakes.