Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/23/2012
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 357.84 Surface Temperature - 81 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.00 Surface Temperature - 81 Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and on a draw down. We are still above normal levels for this time in August but the TVA has been pulling water on both lakes all week and the lakes are slowly dropping toward normal levels which would be around 357 at the end of this month. Currently the TVA is forecasting the lakes to be around 357.5 by midnight Saturday. Kentucky Dam has been drawing an average of around 41,000 cfs around the clock for the past few days. Barkley Dam has been alternating their draw at 7900 cfs for six hours and then 16,000 cfs for six hours around the clock for the past few days. The latest lake levels , current flows and forecasts for all the TVA lakes can be found at www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm . We had some great weather earlier in the week with day time highs in the 80's and night time low's in the 50's. It certainly gave us a taste of the fall weather which will be coming soon. This cooler period managed to drop the water temperatures about 3 degrees from last week's reading. Today's high was around 92 and the forecast is for high's of 96 for both tomorrow and Saturday with night time low's around 70. The forecast is calling for day time high's in the low 90's and night time low's in the mid 60's starting Sunday and extending into next week. Our next chance of rain forecasted for Monday and Tuesday with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms each day. This forecast does not take into consideration any effect we may receive from hurricane Isaac if it makes landfall along the gulf coast next week. The sustained current and cooler more oxygenated water kept the Largemouth Bass biting this week with a few Smallmouth in the mix. The primary pattern of fishing ledges is still working of course but I did notice a pick up in the bite on main lake points and on the secondary points in the creeks and bays. This was due no doubt to the current on the main lake and dropping water levels in the creeks and bays seemed to pull the more shallow fish we have been catching out to the secondary points in the creeks and bays. Carolina rigging creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs are still producing most of our ledge fish this week. The fish on the points on the main lake and in the creeks and bays were taking medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged large worms, finesse jigs and shaky heads. White Bass reports indicate they are still being taken along the old river channel ledges but I did see a number of White Bass breaking water on schools of shad along the river channel on Kentucky Lake two mornings this week. Catfish anglers are having a good time with the current having picked their bite up somewhat and lots of folks are taking advantage of it from the numbers of boats I have seen anchored along the river ledges this week. Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken along the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. Deep diving crankbaits, spoons, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs have been taking these fish with the slower techniques producing most of the fish. Largemouth are also being taken on main lake points and on secondary points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged large worms, finesse jigs and shaky heads. There has been some spotty topwater bite early in the morning on these points also this week. Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on the old river channel ledges and on main lake points as well as the first few secondary points in the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging football head jigs on the ledges and on finesse jigs, tube jigs and shaky heads on the aforementioned points. There has also been some spotty topwater bite on these points early in the morning on the main lake points. NIght Fishing: I did not receive any reports on the night fishing this past week. Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Strike King XD Series 6 crankbaits in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Bag 5 deep running custom painted crankbaits in green gizzard shad, 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, 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. 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. Bluegill: I did not receive any reports on the bluegill this week. 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. This bite has improved this week with the increase in current.
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