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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/19/2010

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.06  Surface Temperature - 89

Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.20  Surface Temperature - 89
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  Both lakes rose about one half foot over the past 24 hours due to heavy rains up river recently.  This rise in the lake levels has resulted in the TVA increasing the current flow today on both lakes.  The forecast for the next couple of days reflects that we should be seeing this current, especially in late morning and afternoon hours over the next number of day.  

This is great news for anglers as this current flow should increase the oxygen levels and get the fish more active.  I have already had some reports of a more active bite this afternoon due to the increase in current.  We did get a short reprieve from the high daily heat indexes earlier in the week but the heat has returned today and one can expect afternoon heat indexes in the 100 degree range tomorrow and Saturday.  

Another cold front is forecasted to come through the lakes area sometime late Saturday night and as a result, we should see another break from the heat early next week.  Anglers should be aware of the chance of some thunderstorms on Saturday as the cold front is approaching.  
The cooler weather we received earlier this week coupled with some good rain on Sunday did serve to activate the ledge fishing a little better than it was last week.  The ledges have still been somewhat spotty but there seemed to be more actively feeding fish on some ledges earlier this week.  I would expect the increase in current flow will serve to increase this bite a little more over the next few days. 

We are still catching Largemouth in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of shad fry.  Most of the fry have moved out of the very shallow water and are on secondary points and channel banks but there are still some fry shallow in some of the creeks and bays and these are serving some fun topwater fishing early and late in the day.  There are some Largemouth feeding on the schools of fry on the secondary points and banks as well as some primary points and some good catches of these fish have been reported.  
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 deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are also being taken on primary points as well as secondary points and channel banks in the creeks and bays.  These fish are feeding on schools of fry and are taking crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, jigs and shaky heads.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on the shallow flats in the backs of creeks and coves early and late in the day on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits as they are feeding on schools of fry.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the old river channel ledges and on deep primary points on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky and gravel main lakes points and first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These night feeders are being taken on large dark skirted spinnerbaits, Carolina rigged tubes, finesse jigs and tube jigs.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Strike King series 6 xd crankbaits in sexy shad, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Rapala flat sided crankbaits in grey pearl shiner, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer 10.5" gator tail worm in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Slong's shaky head jigs, Slong's football head jig in phantom and Last Cast hairy bug jigs in peanut butter jelly with matching Net baits paca chunk trailer.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  I would expect to start seeing some increase in the surface feeding Whites with the increase in current this afternoon and for the next few days during periods of heavier current draw.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leech/shrimp combinations as well as on bottom rigs with cut baits and large minnows.  These fish are being taken best at night right now in 20-30 ft of water along the old channel ledges but this increase in current should activate more fish to feed during the day also.
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken on deep rocky points and creek channel banks by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with worms.  There have been some Bluegill reportedly taken near mayfly hatches also early and late in the day but the hatches have been somewhat light this past week.

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