Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/17/2010
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.55 Surface Temperature - 85 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.70 Surface Temperature - 85 Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool. Hot and humid is the only way to describe how the weather has been this week with the added attraction of some very nasty isolated thunderstorms every day. Most of these storms are coming in the late morning or afternoon with localized heavy rains, high winds and nasty lightning. The forecast for the next week is for more hot and humid weather with highs in the mid 90's each day and a chance for isolated storms. The heat indexes are reaching around the 100 degree mark now and you need to make sure you take plenty of cold water and stay hydrated. Keep an eye out for approaching storms and do not delay in seeking shelter, some of these storms are fast movers. The base water temperatures have risen 4 degrees in the past week with this heat wave and I would expect with the forecast they will go higher. The rising water temperatures have slowed the daytime Largemouth bite somewhat but it is still good on Ky Lake with good numbers, just not the 100 fish days we were having before the heat wave. We have been getting some nice Largemouth in the 3-5 lbs range on the deeper ledges with Carolina rigs and dragging football head jigs as well as shaky heads and drop shot rigs. We are still getting some crankbait bite when there is current but what current there is on Ky Lake is being generated during the afternoon and early evening hours. There is a shallow bite also with Largemouth feeding on schools of fry early and late in the day on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays. I have had a number of reports of good Largemouth and Smallmouth now being taken at night on Kentucky Lake. There has not been any current at all to speak of on Lake Barkley this week and the reports are varying from fair to slow ledge bite depending on the area you are fishing. I was out of the Little River area today and the ledge bite was slow there in the mid Barkley area. I had two reports of a fair bite on North Barkley this week. Also, note that due to the heavy downpours in that area this week, Little River was muddy. The feeder coves like Blue Springs was still clear or just slightly stained but the main river area was muddy with some debris floating. The White Bass anglers are cleaning up with quite a few fish in the jumps around the mouths of the bays and on the flats adjacent to the old river and creek channels and also by vertical fishing and trolling the ledges with inline spinners and small spoons. The Mayflies have started hatching this week also although most of the hatches have been small thus far, White Bass and Bluegill are being taken early and late in the day near these hatches. Bluegill anglers are also still doing well on the flats and gravel bars in the backs of the creeks and bays. Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old creek and river channel ledges on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, Texas rigged large worms, swim baits, jigs, drop shot rigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points near channels on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, jigs and shaky heads. Some Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day on the flats in coves and backs of the creeks and bays on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. These shallow fish are feeding during the low light conditions on schools of fry. Largemouth are being taken at night on rocky points on the main lakes and on rocky secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These night feeders are being taken on dark skirted spinnerbaits, finesse jigs and tube jigs. Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old creek and river channel ledges on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky main lake points and rocky secondary points and channel banks in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These night feeders are being taken on dark skirted spinnerbaits, finesse jigs and tube jigs. Some nice fish are being taken at night. Some of the productive lures being reported this week are: Yozuri pop n splash in ghost lemon, Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and aurora black, Strike King Series 6 XD in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Norman DD 22 in blue/chartreuse, Rapala DT 16 and DT 20 in grey pearl shiner and parrot, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worm in green pumpkin and plum, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, Slong's spinnerbaits and chatterbaits (see note below) in blue glimmer, Slong's football head jigs in voodoo with green pumpkin Net Baits paca trailer. Night baits: Booyah and Strong Arm black/blue spinnerbaits, Last Cast hairy bug jigs in black/blue and Charmer tubes in road kill. Note: I was field testing the Slong's new chatterbait mentioned above this week. These are not yet available but should be available at The Cabin Bait and Tackle within the next few days. White Bass: White Bass are being taken in the jumps around the mouths of the bays and on the flats near the old river and creek channels. These schooling top feeding fish are being taken on inline spinners, small crankbaits and small popping baits cast into the feeding schools. White Bass are also being taken along the edges of the old river and creek channel ledges by vertical retrieves with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits. Some Whites are being taken near Mayfly hatches around overhanging trees early and late in the day. These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small jigs with white curly tail grubs. Bluegill: Bluegills are being taken on the flats in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays, especially around gravel bars and wood cover by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers and also on split shot rigs baited with worms and panfish jigs tipped with worms slow rolled on bottom. Some Bluegill are also being taken early and late in the day near Mayfly hatches around overhanging trees with crickets and worms fished under bobbers. Catfish: Channel Catfish are being taken along the old creek channels and river channels with bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp/leech combinations and on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and shrimp/leech combinations.
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