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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/29/2013

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 356.58  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.70  Surface Temperature - 85
Both lakes are abut 2 and one half feet below summer pool and on a slow drawdown.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of just over 46,000 cfs for the past few days.  Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 15,000 cfs over the past few days.  
We have been having a heat wave here the past few days as well as flat water with heat indexes topping the 100 degree mark in the afternoon.  This weather trend is forecasted to continue through the holiday weekend with the forecast tomorrow having a high of 97 and low of 75 with wind WSW 7.  

Saturday's forecast is for a high of 96 and low of 73 with a 30% chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms and wind SW 11. Sunday continues the heat wave with a high of 95 and low of 71 with wind forecasted WSW 8.  A cooling period is forecasted into next week with high's in the lower 80's and low's in the lower 60's by mid next week.  

This weekend is traditionally one of the busiest weekends on the lake so folks need to be cautious and drive their boats defensively.  Please be courteous to the other folks on the water and stay safe.  Drink plenty of water and/or your favorite sports drink as the heat indexes will top the century mark this weekend.  
The slow bite I have been reporting the past two weeks continued this week for the bass.  The heat wave warming the water, especially the shallows has only added to the situation.  We are catching fish but the bite is pretty slow and scattered with just an occasional flurry of fish now and then.  

We spend this week going shallow early in the morning and then spending some time on the ledges during the late morning and early afternoon.  The fish on the main lake are scattered and doing a lot of traveling as I mentioned in my last week's report.  

The rise in water temperatures in the shallows slowed that bite down some but we are still able to manage a few fish each day there.  Hopefully we will see some relief with the cooler temperatures in the forecast for next week.
Last week I highlighted the new BAG5 custom painted blue glimmer crankbait and I have received a lot of feedback from anglers that have had some success with this lure over the past week.  I wanted to mention this week that I had BAG5 paint me up some Strike King Red Eye Shad lures in this same blue glimmer color and I am happy to report that this color is working well on this lure also.  

Looks like I have two new productive lures for my arsenal now.  As mentioned last week, you can find the BAG5 lures at Fisherman's Headquarters in Draffenville and The Cabin Bait and Tackle in Kuttawa.
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 and slow dragging football head jigs. 

The ledge fish have been scattered this week and although we are catching some on the ledges, the numbers have been down and the bite slower than one would expect at this time in August.  Largemouth are also being taken in the back halves of the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of young threadfin shad.  

These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day, spinnerbaits, lipless and square billed 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.  Although we are taking some numbers of fish on this shallow water pattern, most of the fish are small or just over keeper size with some occasional 3 lbs 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 finesse jigs.  There is some early morning topwater being reported on these fish using walking baits and poppers but it is short lived and scattered.  The better Smallmouth fishing is still being reported at night.  These night feeders are being taken on rocky banks and gravel banks on the main lakes on slow rolled dark colored spinnerbaits with a single oversized Colorado blade.  
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, Spro Little John DD in chartreuse nasty,  Bag 5 square billed crankbaits in blue glimmer pattern, Bag 5 custom painted Strike King Red Eye shad in blue glimmer, Chatterbaits in blue glimmer with twin tail Yamamoto trailer in blue pearl, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina 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.  The best bite is during periods of current.  

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Remarkable Sunset
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.