Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/15/2013
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.67 Surface Temperature - 77 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.90 Surface Temperature - 77 Both lakes are a few inches below summer pool and on a drawdown. Kentucky Dam has been spilling at an average rate of around 89,000 cfs today. Barkley Dam has been generating at an average of 16,200 cfs today. Expect both lakes to continue to drop until they once again line up with the TVA River Operating Schedule for this time of the year. Normally we are one and one half foot below summer pool at this time in August but the rains of last week and earlier this week raised the lake levels back to summer pool so we should continue with good current for the foreseeable near future. The stationary front that had been sitting to our northwest all last week and early this week finally moved through the area and brought with it some nice dry air and some very unseasonable cool temperatures. The past two mornings we saw temperature's in the low 50's so it should not have been any big surprise when I noted the surface temperature on the main lake of Kentucky was 77 at first light today. We have had some beautiful weather the past few days and if I did not know otherwise, I would have thought that it was fall rather than late summer with the cooler temperatures. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 81 and low of 63 with wind NE9 and a 20% chance of rain. Saturday is looking good with a pleasant high of 83 and low of 63 with only a 10% chance of rain. Sunday looks pretty good also with a high or 82, low of 65 with a 30% chance of rain and possible isolated thunderstorm. A warming trend is in store for next week with high's returning to the mid to high 80's with some south quadrant winds. Still, this forecast is certainly cooler than what we would normally be seeing during the month of August. The ledge fishing was overall slow this week with the shad and bass seemingly scattered with the weather change. Our most productive bite was in the creeks and bays this week although even this bite was not great. What I did notice today was that some larger young threadfin shad had moved towards the backs of some of the creeks and bays we visited today on Kentucky Lake, no doubt due to the cooler early fall like water temperatures over the past couple of days. We did not see this in all the creeks and bays we visited but that is not surprising either as not all the creeks and bays develop into an early fall bite at the same time. As would be normal for early fall, I am certain we will see the water temperatures rise a little again before some more cooler weather enters the picture. Typically these type early fall weather patterns lends to a scattering of the shad and bass, I guess we will just have to wait a little longer to see if we are really starting to go into the fall migration patterns a little early this year. Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are still being taken on the river and creek channel ledges on the main lakes as well as around the mouths of the creeks and bays. Some fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, large slow rolled spinnerbaits and swim baits but the more productive bite has been on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms drop shotting and slow dragging football head jigs. Largemouth are also being taken in the back halves of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of young baitfish and pin minnows. These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and chatterbaits. The better bite has been around schools of small white and yellow bass where the Largemouth are mixing in with these feeding smaller fish. Overall the Largemouth bite was slow this week. Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake gravel points early and late in the day on Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and finess jigs. There is some early morning topwater being reported on these fish using walking baits and poppers but it is short lived and scattered. Some productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King KVD splash baits in bone, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King 6XD crankbaits in chartreuse sexy shad, Bag5 custom painted deep diving crankbaits in green gizzard shad, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt, Strike King Red Eye shad in chrome sexy shad, Chatterbaits in blue glimmer with twin tail Yamamoto trailer in blue pearl, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs, Charmer 10.5" ribbon tail worms in plum and green pumpkin on Texas rigs, D&L football head jigs in Cumberland Craw and "oops" patterns, and Slong's football head jigs in Cumberland Craw (all with Net Baits paca punch green pumpkin trailers). White Bass: White Bass are being taken on the old river channel ledges where they are feeding on schools of baitfish. These fish can be taken by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons. Some fish are also being taken by trolling inline spinners behind deep diving crankbaits along the river ledges and main lake creek channel ledges. The bite has been reported as scattered also on these fish. Catfish: A good Catfish bite is being reported on the old river channel ledges in 25-35 feet of water using nightcrawlers and cut baits. No doubt this is due to the good current we have been having this week.
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