Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/23/2011
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.38 Surface Temperature - 80 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.45 Surface Temperature - 80 Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool. This week has been a week of windy days for the most part, especially during the late morning and afternoon hours. We also have had some days marked with strong thunderstorms during the afternoon hours. Today was no exception with high winds during the late morning and afternoon with the passage of a cool front in the lakes area. Hopefully the forecast we are seeing for the next week is correct and these winds decrease and allow us to be more comfortable in fishing the ledges on the main lakes. The forecast for tomorrow and through the weekends is showing highs in the mid 80's with an even chance of scattered thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. The wind forecasts are good but anglers should keep an eye on the sky, especially during the afternoon hours for approaching thunderstorms this weekend. These summer afternoon storms can produce some high localized winds and you really don't want to be caught out on the main lakes during the passage of one of these storms. We have pretty much settled into our summer patterns now and the primary patterns on the Largemouth being on the ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. We are taking some numbers of fish but the numbers of larger fish are not quite as good as one would expect for June. This is clearly evidenced by the results of the FLW Tour professional tournament held here late last week. Some nice bags were weighed in during the tournament, but overall there were not as many bags over 20lbs as is normal for this level of competition here in June. The winning weight was 73 lbs over 4 days which is an average of 18lbs per day. Fifth place was 59 lbs which reflects average daily weight of less than 15lbs per day. Lots of wind, storms and cloud cover certainly were a big factor in these weights being lower. As I mentioned above, we are taking some big fish on the ledges, but the numbers of big fish are not as good as many of us would expect. Hopefully, the forecast for next week which shows less wind and more sunshine will increase the catch rate on some numbers of bigger fish. We do have our normal summer pattern shallow water bite on the schools of fry from the spring spawns with early morning and late evening being the best times with topwaters, spinnerbaits chatterbaits, soft jerk baits and lipless crankbaits. This back up pattern can provide some nice action on these windy days when fishing ledges is made difficult. Largemouth Bass: Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channels ledges on the main lake as well as on the creek channel ledges around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken deep diving crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits, dragging football head jigs, stroking jigs and spoons and shaky heads. The better technique this past week has been Texas rigged large worms and Carolina rigged creature baits. Largemouth are also being taken in on secondary points and on the shallow flats in the creeks and bays during the early morning and late evening hours on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, soft jerk baits and lipless crankbaits. Some Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water during the day near wood cover where they are feeding on schools of fry. Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points early and late in the day on Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs. Smallmouth are also being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs. I have yet to receive any reports on the summer night fishing for Smallmouth which is normally the best pattern on these fish this time of year. I would suggest if you want to give them a try, I would be fishing rocky and gravel main lake points and the first few secondary points in the bays. Dark colored spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs are great choices for this summer night time feeder. Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost peal lemon, Rebel Pop R in white and black/silver, Strike King Series 6XD crankbaits in sexy shad and Tennessee shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot and grey pearl shiner, Norman DD22 in paradise shad, Strike King red eye shad in chrome sexy shad, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum and green pumpkin, Berkley 12" worms in plum, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Charmer timber dawgs and timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Slong's spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom flukes in white, D&L jigs in cumberland craw and "oops" patterns and Slong's jigs in phantom and bassbuster. (All of these jigs fished with green pumpkin Net Baits trailers). White Bass: White Bass have been reported as good this week with catches coming along the old river channel ledges on the main lakes and deep creek channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons. White Bass are also being taken by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges, I have not had any reports of surface feeding fish, but observed myself a few short lived surface feeding White Bass this week around the mouths of the bays. Bluegills: Bluegills are being taken on gravel bars just off the shallow spawning areas by fishing with worms on split shot rigs baited with worms. Bluegills are also being taken around deeper docks with wood cover by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers. Catfish: Catfish are being taken along the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water with shrimp and leech combinations on bottom bouncing rigs. Some nice catches are being reported during the times the current is flowing.
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