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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/25/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.83  Surface Temperature - 88

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.70  Surface Temperature - 88
 
Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  The heat wave continues here in the lakes area with daytime highs in the 90's and heat indexes over 100 every day this past week.  The morning water temperatures have risen 8 degrees since my report last week.  This has slowed the ledge fish down somewhat, but the ledge fish are still biting pretty good.  

I recommend that anyone going out for some bass fishing on the ledges take a look at the TVA website for the current flows if you have a choice of going out early or late in the day.  This past week on some mornings, there has been a good current flow on Lake Barkley and very little current on Kentucky Lake after about 5:00 a.m.  

The flow on Kentucky is being cranked up around 4 or 5 p.m. and good current is present through the evening and night hours.  Although good current is not essential to catch the bass on the ledges, it certainly increases the bite activity when there is good current present.  If you are going out to the ledges on any given day, you might want to check the current flow of both lakes and decide which lake has the best current flow during the timeframe you are going to be on the water.  

Of course, the current flow can be turned on at any given time or turned off as the case may be, but if you monitor the flow history over the past couple of days prior to your trip, you can at least get an idea of how the current flow times have been and take a shot that they will remain the same on the day you go out.  All that being said, not everyone can pick and choose which lake they are going to fish or what time frame they are going to fish, so, if there is not much current out there when you go, take a hint from me and slow your presentations down...when you think you are fishing slow enough, slow down a little more.  

What I have experienced this week on Kentucky Lake, having been out there every morning with the exception of one day on Barkley, is that  even with the flat water, blue skies and no current, we are still catching the bass, we just slow down the presentations.  The forecast for Friday and the weekend is for daytime highs in the mid to upper 90's for Friday and Saturday and high heat indexes.  

The forecast for Sunday and early next week is for a slight break in the daytime highs, with daytime highs in the lower 90's.  Not much of a break, but after more than a week of heat indexes above 100, it will seem like a break for the better.  Be sure to take plenty of water and your favorite sports drinks with you and stay hydrated. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper bays as well as on some main lake primary points.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and big shaky head worms.  

Some Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water in the creeks and bays near vegetation and wood cover.  These shallow fish are being taken on buzz frogs, soft jerkbaits and swim jigs fished around areas of vegetation and Texas rigged creature baits and shaky head worms fished around wood cover.   
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on primary and secondary points on the main lake on Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs.  Smallmouth are also being taken on the old creek channel and river channel ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Smallmouth are being taken at night on Kentucky Lake by fishing large dark colored spinnerbaits, tube jigs and finesse jigs on primary and secondary main lake points and the first secondary points in the bays.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Zoom horny toads in green pumpkin swirl and white, Jack's bubber frog in watermelon/red, Rapala DT 16's and DT20's in parrot, green shad and grey pearl shiner,  MOAB custom painted DT 16's painted in bluegill, Norman DD22's in paradise shad,  Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in green pumpkin, plum, and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms on shaky head rigs in green pumpkin, Charmer gator tail and ribbon tail 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin fish on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, Xcite Maximus shaky head worms in plum, green pumpkin and green pumpkin/purple fished on Xcite 5/8 ounce x-lock shaky head rigs, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw, P.J.'s football head jigs in watermelon/candy, D&L advantage jigs in black/blue and Cumberland craw,  Zoom super flukes in shad patterns, Booyah spinnerbaits in black/red and black/purple (night fishing), Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and D&L baby advantage jigs in black/blue.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes by vertically fishing with inline spinner, small spoons and tight lining minnows.  White Bass are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons on leaders attached to deep diving crankbaits along the river ledges.  Some jumps are being reported on the flats near the channel ledges during periods of current but these jumps are not lasting very long.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on the old river channels by fishing with large minnows and cut baits in bottom rigs as well as by fishing with leaches and shrimp combinations on bottom bouncing rigs.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around mayfly hatches early and late in the day. These hatches are present around overhanging trees, especially willow trees in the creeks and bays.  These Bluegill are being taken by fishing with crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  Bluegill are also being taken around deeper docks with wood cover by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers. 

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