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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/29/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.24  Surface Temperature - 88

Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.40  Surface Temperature - 89
 
Both lakes are slightly less than one foot below summer pool and on a slow drawdown.  The deep summer heat continues with daily heat indexes reaching over 100 on most afternoons. 

The forecast for the weekend and next week is for more hot days with of course the chance for isolated thunderstorms most afternoons.  Make sure you take plenty of cold water and sun block with you when you go out on the lakes and keep an ever watchful eye out for an approaching storm, especially during the afternoon and early evening hours.  
 
Of course, as our temperatures remain hot, the water temperatures continue to rise.  The ledge bite for the bass is still spotty, especially during the morning hours when there is no current present.  One can get into and catch some nice fish but it is more of a "be there at the right time" more so than normal.  The higher percentage bite on the ledges is during the afternoon and early evening hours as this is when the TVA is generating and we have some current present.  

The summer back up pattern in the creeks and bays where Largemouth are chasing schools of baitfish fry is doing well and one can catch some numbers of fish consistently on secondary points, creek channel banks and on the shallow flats.  Most of these actively feeding fish are small fish but we are also getting some numbers of keeper and bigger sized fish.  White Bass anglers are doing best fishing vertical presentations along the river and creek channel ledges during periods of no current.  During current draw times, White Bass are schooling around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as on the flats adjacent to the river and creek channel ledges.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes with Carolina rigged worms and creature baits, Texas rigged worms, jigs and shaky heads.  Although I have heard of a few fish being taken on deep crankbaits, the slower techniques mentioned is taking more fish.

Largemouth Bass are also being taken on secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays as well as on the flats in the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on schools of shad fry from the spring spawns.  The deeper fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and worms as well as jigs and shaky heads.  The shallow fish are being taken early and late in the day on topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.  The shallow water fish are being taken during the heat of the day by fishing near wood cover with spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and shaky heads.
 
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, jigs and shaky heads.  
 
Bass at Night:  The night bass fishing was reported this week as feast of famine.  Largemouth and Smallmouth are being taken at night on rocky and gravel points on the main lake and on secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These night feeders are being taken on large dark colored spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, finesse jigs and tube jigs. 
 
Lures:  Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel pop r and Rapala skitter pop in black/silver, Strike King series 6 XD in sexy shad and chrome sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Bandit 200 and 300 in rootbeer, Rapala DT flatside in pearl grey shiner, Charmer 10.5 "  ribbon tail and gator tail worms in green pumpkin and plum,  Berkley 12 "  ribbon tail worms in plum, Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin, Strike King rodent in amistad special, Slong's spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Slong's chatterbait in blue glimmer, D&L and Slong's shaky head jigs baited with Zoom trick worm in green pumpkin and Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and green pumpkin blue, Net Baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin and summer craw and Slong's football head jig in phantom.  
 
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners, small spoons and minnow rigs.  White Bass are also being taken on the flats and around the mouths of the creeks and bays during current draw by casting inline spinners and small spoons.  Some jumps are being reported during current draw periods and these surface feeders can be taken by casting inline spinners, small crankbaits, small spoons and small surface poppers into the feeding schools.
 
Catfish:  Channel Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches/shrimp combinations as well as on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and leech/shrimp combinations.  Blue Catfish are being taken along the old river channels in 25-40 ft of water on bottom rigs baited with yellow tails and cut baits.  The Catfish are most active during the periods of current draw and at night.
 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken on deep rocky creek channel banks and points near wood cover by vertically fishing small jigs tipped with worms.  Bluegills are also being taken at night around lighted deep water docks with wood cover.  These night feeders are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.

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Woodpecker
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This pileated woodpecker is one of the more common woodpecker species in North America. It is also one of the largest forest birds in the region.