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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/31/2012

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.10  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.90  Surface Temperature - 81
 
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool and on a slow draw down.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of 42,000 cfs around the clock the past few days and Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 16,400 cfs around the clock the past few days.  
 
Please exercise caution if you plan on being on the lakes this weekend.  Certainly this weekend is historically one of the busiest weekends of the season for lake traffic and now we have the remnants of hurricane Isaac in our forecast.  

Heed the Lake Wind Advisory above and do not take any chances.  These lakes can get very rough with south quadrant winds.  There is plenty of water to fish in the creeks and bays and plenty of launching ramps so that you do not have to run the main lakes.  The forecast for the weekend is for scattered thunderstorms with a possible 1-2 inches of rain in the lakes area by the end of the weekend.  

Highs in the 80's with lows in the 70's is forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.  Next week's forecast is for post frontal conditions with highs ranging in the upper 80's and cooler nights in the 60's with north quadrant winds.  
 
The Largemouth bite slowed some this week with the fish being scattered as the schools of baitfish seemed to roaming a lot and of course the bass are following them.  This is normal for this time of the year as the water is starting to cool and the baitfish begin roaming to stage for the migration to the shallows for the fall feeding.  This roaming scatters the fish on the main lakes and makes finding any pods of feeding fish difficult.  

As is typical, schools of smaller baitfish are starting to stage around the mouths of the creeks and bays and on main lake points.  The best pattern this past week was fishing main lake points and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays as well as secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  The shallow water bite in the backs of the creeks and bays was slow this past week, even in the grass beds in the creeks and bays just north of Paris on Kentucky Lake.  

We should start seeing some of the large schools of smaller baitfish begin to move into the creeks and bays within the next two weeks if the water temperatures drop a few more degrees.  The current forecast for night time low's in the 60's next week are promising that the water temperatures may drop a little.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  The main lake ledges were spotty this week with deeper ledges seeming to hold a few more fish.  The better ledge bite was around the mouths of the creeks and bays where schools of small baitfish were staging.  

The ledge fish were being taken on spoons,  Carolina rigged small creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on main lake points and on the secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays.  These fish were being taken on finesse jigs, shaky heads and tube jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and the first secondary points in the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on finesse jigs and tube jigs.  The numbers of fish taken were reported as low this week.  
 
Some of the productive lures this week:  Strike King sexy spoons,  Charmer Timber pups in watermelon/purple and green pumpkin on Carolina rigs and shaky heads.  D&L football head jigs in "oops"  and Cumberland Craw patterns with Net Baits Kickn B trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw, D&L Advantage jigs in "oops' and Cumberland Craw patterns with Kickn B Jr trailers in green pumpkin and summer craw, Charmer 10.5" worms in plum and green pumpkin.  
 
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.  
 
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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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Splash! This bald eagle is diving for a tasty fish. Bald eagles use their exceptional eye sight to spot their prey up to a mile away!