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 05/31/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.50  Surface Temperature - 77

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 358.70  Surface Temperature - 79
Both lakes are one half foot below summer pool with little fluctuation.  Temperatures in the high 80's to low 90's is in the forecast for the weekend with southerly winds.  Isolated Thunderstorms are in the forecast for the afternoon hours so keep an eye on the south and western skies and be ready to find cover if one of those nasty afternoon summer storms pops up while you are on the water.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the bays.  The ledge fish are taking deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, slack lined jigs and spoons.  

The ledge bite has been good overall during the past week with a slow day or two thrown in as is usual with ledge fishing.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays early and late in the day as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures and soft jerk baits.  Overall the Largemouth bite has been good this past week.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on main lake rocky banks and points on topwater lures and crankbaits.  During the day the Smallmouth are being taken on river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and slack lined jigs.  
Some of the productive lures this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad and Blue Aurora, Rebel Pop R in shad patterns, Rapala DT series deep divers in parrot, Norman deep divers in rootbeer and tropical shad, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Baby Huey worms in motor oil, Zoom monster worms in plum, D&L jigs in cumberland craw and Last Cast finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly with matching baby paca craw trailers.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken both in the bays on the flats and on the flats on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken feeding on schools of fry on shallow flats in the jumps.  White Bass are also being taken along the main lake river channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and jigging spoons and by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the channel drop edges.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken in the creeks and bays along rocky channel banks just off the spawning flats.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under slip bobbers and on split shot rigs fished on bottom.  Some Bluegill are still being taken shallow but most seem to moving out to deeper banks now.  
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are being taken primarily on the creek channels now although some are still being taken around shallow rocks.  The deeper fish are being taken on leeches, shrimp and large minnows fished on bottom bouncing rigs.  The shallow fish are being taken on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers.  
I hope everyone had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.  I also hope you took some time to pause and reflect on the men and women that have sacrificed and still do so daily to preserve our freedom.  As a 26 year veteran I can tell you it always touches me deep to see those flags flying in honor of my brothers and sisters that made the ultimate sacrifice.

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 Murray Blake

This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.