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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/14/2008

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.36  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.55  Surface Temperature - 85
 
Both lakes are about one and one half foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Expect both lakes to be two feet below summer pool by the end of the month.  We have been blessed with cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels this week in the mid 80's which has made being the water much more comfortable.  

This cooler weather has been due to a high pressure ridge over the area which although made the weather nicer, slowed the fishing.  We are still catching fish but the bite has definitely slowed this week with the high pressure and light winds.  The weather forecast shows we should be coming under the influence of low pressure sometime this weekend and into next week.  

The temperatures that are forecasted show just a slight rise into the upper 80's.  This coming weather change should improve the fishing.  As was related in last week's report, the key to fishing the ledges for bass has been to fish slow and be patient.  Fish are still being taken, but they are not as active as they were a couple of weeks ago.  On the bright side, a lot of baitfish schools are in the bays and one can catch bass around them early and late in the day.  

Also the grass bite with plastic frogs is fair during the day so one does have an alternative to the ledge fish if they are not cooperating.  I will note that the few times the current has been present for short periods on the lake, the ledge fish are turning on.  This past week I noted current early most mornings and the ledge fishing was good as long as the current lasted.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake ledges and ledges near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  Some fish are being taken on spoons.  

Largemouth are also being taken on primary main lake points and secondary creek channel banks and associated secondary points in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of baitfish early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms and tube jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken near the matted grass beds in the creeks and bays early and late in the day as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are taking topwater lures, deadstick worms, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake river and creek channel ledges on Carolina rigged small creature baits and jigs.  Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays on the east side of Kentucky Lake.  These night feeders are taking dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.  
 
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Zoom horny toad in green pumpkin swirl, Jack's bubba frog in watermelon/red, Bandit crankbait in rootbeer, Charmer 10.5 inch paddle tail and gator tail worms in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/purple and watermelon/candy, Net Baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin and watermelon/candy, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibe in blue glimmer, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in peanut butter jelly.
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with small spoons and inline spinners.  Some White Bass are being taken in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners cast into the feeding schools.
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and yellowtail.  Some Catfish are being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays by jug fishermen using yellowtails.  
 
Bluegill:   Bluegill are being taken around deep docks early and late in the day as well as at night by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.  

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