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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/20/2009

Kentucky Lake:  Water Elevation at Ky Dam - 357.65  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Elevation at Barkley Dam - 357.80  Surface Temperature - 83
 
Both lakes are about one and one half feet below summer pool and on a slow drawdown.  Both lakes are on schedule with the Tennessee River Operating Schedule and the present TVA forecast is for the lakes to be nearing 357 elevation by midnight Saturday.  We have a cold front pushing toward the lakes region and according to the forecasts should pass through the area sometime tomorrow evening.  

The forecast for the weekend is for sunny skies and highs in the upper 70's on Saturday and low 80's on Sunday.  We have been experiencing pop up thunderstorms the past few days, especially in the afternoon and evening hours and this is forecasted to continue through tomorrow.  The Largemouth Bass fishing has been pretty much the same as last week, that is slower moving baits like the Carolina Rig and dragging football head jigs have been the more productive lures on the ledges with little current present during the day.  

There are some Largemouth still being taken in shallow water in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  Most of these shallow water fish are small fish but there are also some good keeper fish being taken also.  The night bite for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass continues to be reported as good on dark colored spinnerbaits and jigs on Kentucky Lake.  

Main lake points and rocky banks are reportedly producing some good night bass fishing.  The White Bass fishing is being reported as fair during the day by fishing the creek and river channel ledges and adjacent flats with inline spinners and small spoons.  There are a few jumps being reported on the flats just off the channels but they are short in duration.  
 
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.  The main lake ledge bite seems to be the better bite lately.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and dead stick worms, dragging football head jigs and shaky head worms.  

Largemouth are also being taken on the primary points and secondary points in the creeks and bays, especially early and late in the day.  These fish are feeding on schools of baitfish fry and are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and finesse jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays, especially near wood cover and vegetation with topwater lures (early and late in the day), chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and dead stick worms.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Some 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 small creature baits and dragging football head jigs.  The better Smallmouth bite is being reported at night on Kentucky Lake by fishing main lake points and rocky banks with dark colored spinnerbaits and jigs.  Some good Largemouth are also being reported on this night bite pattern.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri spash-it with lemon back and ghost body, Storm chug bugs in black/chrome, Rapala DT series deep divers in grey pearl shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits and vibe (chatterbait) in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple, watermelon/candy and green pumpkin, Jewel football head jigs in gourd/craw and black/blue with matching Net Baits trailers and Last Cast wooly bug finesse jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter jelly with matching Net Baits trailers.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges and on the adjacent flats with small spoons hopped off bottom and inline spinners fished vertically.  
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges by fishing with yellow tail and cut baits on bottom rigs. The Catfish bite is being reported as slow with little current present on the lakes.
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken around deeper docks, especially at night under lights by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.  Some Bluegills are being taken off deep rocky banks and points by fishing with small jigs tipped with worms.  

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Kentucky Lake Sunset
Photo by Shawn Dunnaway

Sunsets at Kentucky Lake are special. You can find them on the eastern banks of Kentucky Lake looking west across a mile of ripples and waves. There's nothing quite like experiencing a sunset on Kentucky Lake.