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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/09/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.59   Surface Temperature - 86  

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.70  Surface Temperature - 86
Both lakes are about one half foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Current lake levels are about one half foot above where we normally would be this week in August in accordance with the TVA River Operating Schedule but this is due to an influx of water from heavy rains in the upper Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. 

Kentucky Dam has been generating an average of around 26,000 cfs around the clock most days with some peak flow of around 32,000 during the later afternoon hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 7800 - 7900 cfs around the clock this past week.
The weather most of the week has been hot with day time highs in the upper 90's with some days at or near the century mark.  We have a cool front passing through the lakes area this evening and the weather forecast is promising some cooler days over the weekend and into next week.  Highs in the mid to upper 80's is forecasted for tomorrow and Saturday with post frontal north quadrant winds.  

A return to a southerly flow of wind is forecasted for Sunday and into next week but day time highs next week are forecasted to be in the upper 80's to low 90's with night time lows in the 60's.  This will be a welcome relief from the heat we have been experiencing now for so many weeks.  
The typical deep summer patterns I have been reporting for the few weeks are still holding up with little change.  The ledges are still producing limit plus catches of Largemouth and a few Smallmouth.  The slower techniques I have been reporting such as Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, dragging football head jigs, shaky heads and drop shots are still the most productive ways to put bass in the boat.  

The backup shallower water summer pattern of Largemouth feeding on schools of fry is also still producing but not quite as productive as it has been as a good number of the fry are now moving toward deeper water.  Numbers of good White Bass catches have been reported again this week on the main lake ledges.  Mayfly hatches have been keeping the Bluegill anglers busy early and late in the day around overhanging bushes and trees as well as around docks.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, spoons, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, football head jigs, drop shots and shaky heads.  

Largemouth are also being taken in the creeks and bays where they are feeding on schools of spring fry.  These fish are being taken on secondary points, around docks and around wood cover especially early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, senkos baits and shaky heads.
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes on Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging jigs.  Some Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake gravel points early in the morning on jigs and tube jigs.  The numbers of these fish are low, but some nice single fish are being taken.
Night Fishing:  A fair night fishing bite on both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass is being reported.  The better bite is coming off main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  Slow rolled large dark colored spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs are the most productive lures being reported.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail and gator tail worms in plum and green pumpkin.  Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer shaky head worms in green pumpkin and green pumpkin candy on shaky heads and drop shot rigs, Slong's spinnerbait in blue glimmer, Slong's football head jigs in Missouri Craw and Bass Buster,  D&L football head jigs in Missouri Craw, Cumberland Craw and "Oops" patterns with Net Baits Kick NB trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw as well as Bruiser Baits trailers in the same color patterns.  Hoppy's spinnerbaits in black/blue and black/purple are working on the night bite as well as D&L jigs in black/blue with matching trailers.  
White Bass:  Whites are being taken along the old river ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as minnow rigs. Whites are also being taken by trolling deep diving crankbaits with attached inline spinners and small spoons.  Good catches of Whites have been reported this  week.  I did not see any jumps this week nor did I have any jumps reported to me this week.  
Bluegills:  Bluegills are being taken early and late in the day around mayfly hatches near overhanging trees and around docks.  Blue gill are also being taken along deep rocky channel banks with deep wood cover.   These fish are being taken on bobber rigs baited with crickets and small worms around the mayfly hatches and on split shot rigs tipped with pinched night crawlers on the deep rocky channel banks.  
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken along the old river channel near ledges in 20-30 ft of water with bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp combinations.  Some Catfish are also being taken on bottom rigs with cut baits.

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