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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/10/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.91  Surface Temperature - 88

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.05  Surface Temperature - 88
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool.  Both lakes were pulled down one foot this week per the normal monthly drop toward winter pool levels.  The lake levels should remain at or near present levels through the end of the month according to the TVA River Operating System Plan.  

Boaters should be aware of the now lower water levels and keep an eye out for obstructions such as jammed up logs in shallow areas that may have gotten hung up during the spring water rise.  The weather this past week has been another week of triple digit heat indexes during the day but those bass anglers that braved the heat found a good ledge bite with the current being generated by the drawdown.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on the main lakes and near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, creature baits and lizards as well as jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in shallow water in the creeks and bays near vegetation and wood cover on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and soft jerk baits.  These are schooling bass feeding on schools of fry.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits tubes but the bite is slow.  The better Smallmouth fishing is at night on main lake primary points and secondary points on the main lake as well as secondary points in the bays on Kentucky Lake.  These night feeding Smallmouth are being taken on dark colored spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G-Splash in ghost pearl lemon, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom Ol Monster worms in plum and red shad, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Hoppy and Accent spinnerbaits in black, black/purple and black/red (night fishing) and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin, black/blue and rootbeer.
White Bass:  I have seen an increase in the White Bass jumps this week with the current being pulled but they are in short duration.  The White Bass are being taken by vertically fishing along the river channel ledges with inline spinners and small jigging spoons.  Some good fish are being taken by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on bottom rigs fished along the main river channels baited with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken early and late in the day near docks as well as near vegetation on the flats in the creeks and bays by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.  Some fish are also being taken during the day along deep rocky creek channel banks using the same technique and baits.

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Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!