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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/06/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.93  Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.80  Surface Temperature - 83
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Expect lake levels to drop another foot over the next month in accordance with the TVA River Operating System Guide barring any unforeseen influx of water.  

We had quite a bit of rain this week in the lakes area with frontal passages but the water clarity is good.  The TVA and Corps of Engineers have been pulling water thru the dams on both lakes this week.  The best current on Ky Lake continues to be in the afternoon and evening hours.  Lake Barkley has seen above average current pretty much around the clock the past few days due to an influx of water from heavy rains up river.  The Largemouth Bass bite seems to still be best during the afternoon and early evening hours on the ledges.  

I had a chance to get out with clients on a late trip yesterday to experience the late afternoon and early evening hour bite on the ledges on Kentucky Lake and we had a very good bite with two limits in the boat in less than 5 hours.  The best pattern  yesterday was fishing slowly with Carolina rigs and dragging jigs.  There are still plenty of shallow Largemouth chasing schools of shad fry in many of the creeks and bays.  Most of these fish are small but a lot of fun with an occasional good keeper mixed in.  

I have seen a couple of short duration jumps of White Bass this week but the jumps are of very short duration.  The White Bass anglers have been doing good this week on the river ledges and adjacent flats on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically.  There have been some small mayfly hatches this week but not nearly as many or as big would expect this time of year.  The forecast for the weekend is for partly cloudy skies and highs in the low to mid 90's.  Take plenty of water and/or sports drinks to stay hydrated and don't forget the sunscreen.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and dead stick worms, Texas rigged large worms, large shaky head worms, drop shot rigs and jigs.  

Some Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and on secondary points in the creeks and bays on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and finesse jigs as they are feeding on schools of fry.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats on the main lake and in the backs of the creeks and bays on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and Texas rigged small creature baits around wood cover as they are feeding on schools of fry.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the river channel ledges on Carolina rigged small creature baits and tubes as well as on jigs during the day.  The better Smallmouth bite is being reported by night anglers on Kentucky Lake fishing rocky primary and secondary points with dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.  Some good Largemouth are also being taken at night on this pattern.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri splash-it's with a yellow back and ghost body, Rebel pop r's in black/chrome and white, Bandit crankbaits in grape and splatterback, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass vibes (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Charmer 10.5" gator tail worms in plum, Xcite maximus shaky head worms in plum, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Yum dingers and Yamamoto senkos in green pumpkin,  Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and black/blue with matching baby paca craw trailers, Last Cast wooly bug finesse jigs in peanut butter jelly with matching trailer, Hoppy spinnerbaits in black/red with gold blades (night fishing) and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges and adjacent flats on inline spinners and small jigging spoons fished vertically.  Some good catches are being reported this week, especially during periods of current draw.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges during periods of current draw on bottom rigs baited with large minnows and cut baits.
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken early and late in the day around mayfly hatches near willow trees on crickets and worms fished under bobbers and on small jigs tipped with worms.  Bluegill are also being taken around lighted deeper docks at night on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.

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