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 07/03/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 358.94  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 359.0   Surface Temperature - 85
Summer fishing conditions continue in the lakes area with very hot days and little rainfall.  The Largemouth Bass are being caught on the main lake points, old creek channel and river channel ledges.  The best bite is early and late in the day during low light conditions as there is very little if any current being generated during the day to get the fish active.  

Top water lures are working early and then later deep crankbaits, jignpig, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, lizards, creature baits, and tubes are taking fish near wood cover on the ledges.  Some of the productive lures reported this past week are:  Zara Spook in white and shad patterns, buzz baits in white and black, black/blue jignpig, Berkley 10" Power worms in Junebug and Blue Fleck, Zoom lizards in Watermelon/Red and Plum, Berkley Power Lizards in Black/Blue, Zoom Brush Hogs in Watermelon/Red and Green Pumpkin, Snoozer 3.5" and 5.75" tubes in Road Kill Cammo, Bill Norman DD14 crankbaits in Tennessee Shad and Blue/Chartruese and Poe's 400 series in Blue/White.
The Smallmouth Bass are being caught during the day in the same patterns as the deep Largemouth using Texas and Carolina rigged tubes and lizards, jignpig, and crankbaits.  The same lures as reported working for the Largemouth are working on the deep Smallmouth.  There are good reports of Smallmouth being caught at night on main lake points on the the LBL side of Kentucky Lake.  These fish are reportedly hitting dark colored spinnerbaits, Carolina Rigged lizards, and jignpig.  
The White Bass are more active this past week with some jumps being reported although they are not lasting in long duration.  I have observed a number of jumps myself this week in the bays and at the mouths of the bays as well as along the river channel ledges.  

These fish in jumps are being taken with roostertails, small spoons, and small crankbaits cast into the feeding fish.  Most of the catches are coming along the river channel ledges and at the mouths of the bays by vertical jigging spoons and roostertails.  Some fish are being taken by trolling deep diving crankbaits in these areas.  There are also white bass being taken at the turbine intakes near the dams on roostertails and small spoons.  
The Crappie reports continue to come in with some good catches being reported on creek channel ledges in 12-16ft of water using small jigs and minnows fished vertically.  Most of these reports are coming in from Big Sandy River, Blood River, Little River, and Jonathan Creek areas.  
The Bluegill and other panfish are very active early and late near willow trees that are supporting the mayfly hatches.  These fish are feeding hard during the hatches and can be taken on crickets, worms, and small topwater poppers.  

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.

Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.