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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/03/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 357.55   Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.75  Surface Temperature - 87
Both lakes are a little over one foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  The lakes are drawn down one foot per month until they reach winter pool. The drawdown began in July. The lakes should reach a level two feet below summer pool during the month of August.  

Boaters need to start watching for logs etc. that may have jammed up below the water line during the spring, especially in shallow water areas.  I have seen a number of  jammed up logs this week starting to show up around the flats on both lakes.  We have been experiencing some near record heat this week with afternoon heat indexes well over 100.  

Make sure you take plenty of cold water in the boat and drink it often, it does not take long to get dehydrated in this kind of heat.  We have a cold front that is coming thru the lakes area tonight and the forecast for Friday and Saturday is for some relief from the high temperatures but the heat is supposed to return to the area on Sunday.  

This heat wave has seemed to slow the fishing somewhat but not quite as bad as the last big heat wave we had.  I only really experienced what I considered to be a tough day bass fishing one day this week with the other days being fair.  The TVA has been generating some current every day this week starting around noon and that has probably made the difference in the day bite being a little better than during the last heat wave when we had little current being generated.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits and jigs.  There are Largemouth being taken in shallow water near vegetation and wood cover as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken early and late in the day on topwater lures and on spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms, creature baits and tubes during the day.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken primarily at night on Kentucky Lake on the primary and secondary points on the main lake and in the front halves of the bays.  These fish are being taken on dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and creature baits as well as jigs.
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and adjacent flats.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and jigging spoons.  The fish on the flats are being taken by casting inline spinners.  Jumps have been infrequent this week and of short duration.
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels by using bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail.  The better bite is being reported late in the day with current and at night.
Bluegill: The Bluegill are being taken around the shady side of deep docks during the day and around lighted docks at night by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.