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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/13/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.52  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.60  Surface Temperature - 84
Both lakes are one and one half feet below summer pool.  The lakes should be dropped another one half foot by the end of the month per the TVA River Operating System Schedule barring any unforeseen circumstances such as heavy rains etc.  The Largemouth Bass bite on the ledges has slowed some over the past two days since the frontal passage on Tuesday.  

We are currently under a strong high pressure system which was very evident today with the water being totally flat through most of the day with little or no winds to speak of and blue skies. We also have not had much in the way of current on either lake the past two days.  This coupled with blue skies made the ledge fishing somewhat tough today.  But, remember, this is deep summer and we do get some of these days this time of year.  

When you get a day like this, you might want to check out the alternate summer Largemouth pattern back shallow on the flats in the creeks and bays.  The shallow fish are still chasing shad fry back shallow and even on days like today you can find some action there.  Most of the fish are small, but now and again you can catch a nice fish and the fun part of it is that these fish are actively feeding. The better ledge pattern this week has been fishing slow with Carolina rigs and dragging jigs.  

Some few fish have been reported on crankbaits during the peak current periods earlier in the week but the slower moving lures have been topping the list. The night fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth is reported to still be good.  The forecast for the upcoming weekend indicates sunny skies and highs in the 90's with light southerly winds.  Take plenty of cold water and/or sports drinks with you and make sure to use that sunscreen if you are going to be out there this weekend.  The current forecast is calling for highs in the 80's next week with a chance of thunderstorms each day.  
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.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and dead stick worms, dragging jigs and drop shot rigs.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and secondary points in the creeks and bays, especially early and late in the day.  

These fish are taking crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged creature baits and worms, shaky head worms and jigs as they are feeding on schools of fry.  Largemouth are also being taken on the flats in the creeks and bays on topwater lures, chatterbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of fry.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken during the day on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging jigs.  The better Smallmouth bite is being reported at night by fishing with large dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs on rocky banks and points on the east side of Kentucky Lake.  Some nice Largemouth are also being reported on this night pattern.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri splash it in lemon with ghost body, Storm chug bugs in black/chrome, Strike King crankbaits in sexy shad, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin, watermelon/purple and watermelon candy, Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/purple, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and black/blue with matching baby paca craw trailers, Hook Some Bass vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer with Yamamoto twin tail blue pearl trailer.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges and on adjacent flats by vertically fishing with small spoons and inline spinners.  White Bass are also being taken by trolling deep diving crankbaits along the old river channels with a trailing small spinner or spoon.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with yellow tails and cut baits.  The Catfish bite has been reported as slow the past few days with little current.
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deeper docks, especially at night under lights, by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers.  
Now is the time to get ready for the coming fall fishing season.  If you have not yet made your reservations for lodging and guides you should do so soon.  

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