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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 09/01/2011

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.45  Surface Temperature -  83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.45  Surface Temperature -  83
Both lakes are about 2.5 feet below summer pool and on a slow drawdown in accordance with the TVA River Operating System Schedule. Expect both lakes to be 3 feet below summer pool by the end of September barring any unforeseen influx of water.  Current flow on Kentucky Lake has been low during the morning hours and peaking around 46,000 cfs during the afternoon hours..  Current flows on Lake Barkley remain low with afternoon peaks of 16,000 cfs during the afternoon hours.  
Expect the lakes to be crowded this weekend with the holiday, so please be careful and practice defensive driving while on the water and please be courteous to your fellow boaters and anglers.  Let's make this an accident free weekend here on the lakes.  
With the lake levels dropping, boaters need to be aware of more subsurface hazards and should stay in the navigation lanes while on plane unless you are certain you have safe water depths in the areas that you are running.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is for high's in the upper 90's.  A cold front is forecasted to travel through the area sometime on Sunday with high's in the upper 80's and a chance of thunderstorms.  This cold front will cool things down for early next week with high temperatures in the lower 80's and night time low's in the 50's.   

The Largemouth fishing continues to be good with good numbers of schooling fish feeding on schools of baitfish. Although some Largemouth  are reportedly being taken on reaction lures such as topwaters, crankbaits and spinnerbaits, our best bite continues to be on slower presentations with Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and slow rolled swimbaits.  White Bass anglers are also reporting a good bite on river and creek channel ledges with some occasional short surface feeds on the adjacent flats.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the old creek and river channel ledges and adjacent flats on the main lakes as well as on channel ledges around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, slow rolled swim baits and dragging football head jigs.  

Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and on secondary points in the creeks and bays early and late in the day as they are schooling on bait fish.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, medium running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, shaky heads, slow rolled swim baits and spinnerbaits.  Some Largemouth are also being taken around wood cover on the flats in the backs of the creeks and bays on spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lake on Carolina rigged creature baits and slow rolled swim baits.  The better Smallmouth bite is being reported by the anglers fishing at night.  These night anglers are slow rolling dark colored spinnerbaits with large single Colorado blades on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Rebel Pop R in black/chrome and white, Yozuri pop n splash in lemon ghost,  Charmer timber pups in watermelon/purple, green pumpkin and purple grass, ,Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tailand gator tail worms in plum and green pumpkin, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and shad, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw,Slong's football head jigs in dark green pumpkin, Strike King medium running crankbaits in sexy shad and Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin candy.
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along old creek and river channel ledges on the main lake and on creek channel ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken by anglers vertically fishing with inline spinners, small spoons and minnow rigs.  

Some Whites are also being taken by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.  Whites are also being taken on the main lake flats adjacent to the ledges as they are chasing schools of baitfish.  These surface feeders can be taken on small crankbaits and inline spinners cast into the feeding schools.
Bluegill:  We had some mayfly hatches this week and Bluegill anglers were taking advantage of these hatches by taking Bluegill near overhanging trees by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers during the early morning hours.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on the old river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing rigs baited with shrimp and leech combinations.  

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Colorful Bridge
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

In the back of Hematite Lake in LBL are a series of boardwalks and bridges. In autumn, spectacular colors of foliage are scattered throughout, as seen here on this "colorful" bridge.