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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/08/2010

Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.22  Surface Temperature - 86

Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 86
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Well the summer heat came back this week and the heat index when I got off the water early this afternoon was over 100 again.  We have a cold front approaching from the west with frontal passage sometime tonight or early tomorrow and right now the projected high temperature for tomorrow is 79 degrees.  

The bad news is that we have a projected 80% chance of thunderstorms for tomorrow.  Sunny skies and highs around 90 is the forecast for the weekend so the weather forecast for the weekend looks good for folks coming the lakes.  
 
We have had flat water most of the week with light winds, sunny skies and virtually no current on the lakes.  This has slowed the ledge bite somewhat on both lakes  and although some nice fish have been taken this week, we just are not seeing the large numbers of big bags we had the past few weeks but it is fishing and I would expect with the weather change coming the bite will pick up a little, especially if the TVA keeps on the river operating schedule and starts to pull some water to bring the lakes down the normal one foot drop in levels this month which should create some current.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old river channel and creek channel ledges on the main lakes as well as on old creek channel ledges near the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish this week are primary being taken on Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, dragging football head jigs and shaky head rigs. 

Largemouth are also being taken early and late in the day in shallow water around main lake islands and in the backs of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shad fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and lipless crankbaits.  Some Largemouth are also being taken during the day in the backs of the creeks and bays near wood cover as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These daytime shallow fish are being taken on chatterbaits and Texas rigged creature baits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the old river channel and creek channel ledges on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging football head jigs and shaky heads.  
 
Night Bass Fishing:  Both Largemouth and Smallmouth are being taken during the night hours on rocky main lake points and secondary points in the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on crayfish and are being taken on large dark colored spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  I had some reports of some good Smallmouth being taken on this pattern the past week.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon and aurora black, Slong's chatterbait in blue glimmer with matching twin tail grub trailer, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Strike King red eye shad in blue/chrome and sexy shad,  Charmer 10.5 " ribbon tail and gator tail worms in plum and green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Net Baits baby paca craws in green pumpkin and summer craw on Carolina rig, Slong's football head jigs in voodoo and bassbuster and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in black/blue with matching Net Bait paca chunk.  
 
White Bass:  The lack of current has caused a reduction in the numbers of White Bass surface feeding this week, but some surface feeding is being seen.  White Bass can be taken while surface feeding by casting inline spinners, small spoons and small popping lures into the feeding surface schools.  The better White Bass fishing reported this week is by vertically fishing the river channel ledges with inline spinners and small spoons.  White Bass are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken early and late in the day near mayfly hatches.  Look for these hatches around over hanging trees.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  Bluegills are also being taken around deeper docks with wood cover, especially at night under lights by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers.  
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken on old river ledges in 20-30 feet of water on bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp/leech combinations and on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and shrimp/leech combinations.  Blue Catfish are being taken in 25-40 ft near the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large minnows.

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