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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/26/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.27  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.25  Surface Temperature - 82
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at averages between 13,000 cfs - 20,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam has been generating an average of 7,900 cfs today.  We have not had enough generation over the past week for any appreciable current on either lake. 
As mentioned above, we have not had any current on either lake this past week and the ledge bite is not quite as good as it was the past few weeks but some good fish are still being taken but the ledges are little more spotty as is the feeding but one can do ok if you have patience and find the right schools willing to eat.  

The ledges have been busy on Kentucky Lake this week with the FLW Tour in town.  The weather has been indicative of this time of year with scattered thunderstorms during the early afternoon most days.  Anglers should keep an eye out for these storms to pop up rapidly and seek safe harbor.  These storms can produce some dangerous lightning and localized windy conditions.  

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86 and low of 70 with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind S at 6.  The weekend looks like a repeat of tomorrows weather in that the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday is for highs of 86 and lows of 72 with a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms with wind both days forecasted SSW at 10.   The forecast for early next week is for highs in the low 90's and lows around 70 with wind from the south as a front approaches which is forecasted to come through the area on Tuesday. 
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on ledges on the main lakes as well as around the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, spoons, swim baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken on shallow flats in the creeks and bays near wood cover and around docks. 

These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late in the day), spinnerbaits,  chatterbaits and Texas rigged creature baits as they are feeding on schools of small fry. Our best bite this week overall has been on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs on the ledges and on Texas rigged creature baits in the shallows near wood cover.  
SMALLMOUTH BASS:  Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on main lake gravel bars on jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.    Smallmouth are also being taken on main lake ledges on  jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits.  The numbers of fish are not great but some quality fish have been taken.  Smallmouth are also being taken at night on rocky points and banks on Kentucky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits and tube jigs.
Some of the more productive lures reported this week: Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King Splash baits in shad pattens,  Bag5 custom painted medium and deep running crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad, Strike King XD10 and XD6 series in sexy shad, parrot and chartreuse sexy shad, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Stike King Sexy Spoons, Slong's spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin and watermelon with purple flake, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum,  D&L football head jigs in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Slong's football head jigs in mustard.  
White Bass:  White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges and adjacent flats by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons as well as by trolling with small spinners behind deep diving crankbaits. 
Bluegill:  Bluegills are also being taken around docks and on banks with overhanging trees early in the morning as they are feeding on Mayflies.
Catfish:  Catfish are being on the main lake on river channel ledges in 20-30 ft of water by bottom bouncing shrimp and leach combinations and also on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large shiners.  The Catfish bite has been reported as slow do to lack of current.    

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This shy little turtle visited our campsite recently in Land Between The Lakes. There are several different species of turtles that can be seen near Kentucky Lake.