Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/06/2013
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 360.10 Surface Temperature - 76 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.00 Surface Temperature - 76 Both lakes are one foot over summer pool and on a slow rise. Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 35,000 cfs through out the day today. Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 16,500 cfs through out the day today. We had about 6 inches of rain fall in the lakes area last Saturday morning as well as up river from the lakes. This coupled with the fact that the TVA slowed down the discharge rate a couple of days ago because of the near record flooding on the Mississippi River has caused the lake levels to slowly rise over the past couple of days to present levels. The current forecast by the TVA shows the lakes will continue a slow rise over the next couple of days. We also had over an inch of rain early this morning in the lakes area as a cold front traversed the area. We are forecasted to have post frontal conditions through Saturday. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 78 and low of 62 with wind NNW at 10. Saturdays forecast is for a high of 81 and low of 62 with wind WNW at 5. Sunday's forecast is calling for a high of 84 and low of 67 with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms and wind SSW at 10. The extended forecast through midweek shows a return to the high 80's by Wednesday with south quadrant winds. Kentucky Lake is clear with some scattered debris floating from the rising waters. Lake Barkley has more floating debris with the water being heavily stained in the main river channel and some of the larger creeks and just stained in some of the creeks and bays. We spent this past week fishing the ledges on Kentucky Lake. We fished both main lake ledges and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays. The ledge bite was good this week with hungry post spawn bass feeding up on the shad schools that have moved out to deep water summer haunts. We caught fish on a variety of techniques and lures including deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and dragging football head jigs. Our best producing techniques this week were the slower techniques of dragging the jig, Carolina rigging and Texas rigging. Although I did receive some numbers of reports of folks catching bass back in the creeks and bays on secondary points and in the shallows on the flats, the ledge bite was too much fun to not take advantage of it. With the FLW Everstart tournament coming to town next week, I expect we will see some numbers of nice bags of fish weighed in if the ledge bite holds up like it was this week. Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on the old river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken on secondary creek channel points and banks in the creeks and bays. These are post spawn fish working their way out to deep water as the majority of the shad are now moving to deep water summer haunts. These fish are being taken on the same lures as the aforementioned ledge fish. Some Largemouth are also being taken in the backs of the creeks and bays, especially near vegetation. These fish are feeding on schools of fry. Topwater lures, spinnerbaits, square billed crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and senko type baits are taking these fish. Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points as well as on old creek and river channel ledges on the main lakes and around the mouths of the creeks and bays. The fish on the points are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, finesse jigs, tube jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. The ledge fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and football head jigs. I had two reports this week (one unconfirmed and one confirmed) of some nice numbers of Smallmouth being taken at night on the east side of Kentucky Lake fishing rocky points and banks. These fish are being taken on large dark skirted spinnerbaits and tube jigs. Some productive lures reported this week are: Rebel Pop R in black/silver, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartreuse, ABT suspending square bill crankbaits in sexy shad, Bag 5 square bill crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Strike King 5XD, 6XD and 10XD crankbaits in powder blue back with chartreuse side, chartreuse sexy shad and sexy shad, Rapala DT16 in parrot, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and plum on Carolina rigs, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum on Texas rigs, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland Craw, Perfect Craw and "oops" patterns, and Slong's football head jigs in Cumberland Craw (all with Venom green pumpkin trailers). White Bass: White bass are being taken along the old river channel ledges and sunken islands as well as on the humps and ledges around the mouths of the creeks and bays by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons. Whites are also being taken by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crankbaits in these areas. Bluegill/Red Ear: Some of these fish are still being taken in the spawning areas on the flats and on gravel bars in the backs of the creeks and bays but most reports indicate these areas are now producing the smaller females with an occasional large male. These fish are being taken on crickets under bobbers and on split shot rigs slow rolled on bottom baited with small creature jigs tipped with worms. Catfish: Channel Catfish are now being taken on the old creek channels in the back halves of the creeks and bays on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp as well as on bottom rigs baited with night crawlers.
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