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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/10/2014

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.01  Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.90  Surface Temperature - 82
 
Both lakes are at summer pool and on a slow drawdown.  Kentucky Dam has been generating between 25,000 - 34,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam has been generating between 7,000 - 24,900 cfs today.  

In accordance with the TVA River Operating Schedule, expect both lakes to be slowly drawn down over the month with an expected drop to one foot below summer pool by the end of this month barring any unforeseen influx of water.  
 
Even though we enjoyed some cooler temperatures for this time of year this past week, we also had a few more windy days making fishing the ledges a little more difficult on those days.  On the days were able to get on the ledges, we are finding pretty much what we reported last week in that the ledge fishing activity has been spotty with no current and lower oxygen levels.  

We did manage to put some nice bass in the boat this past week on the ledges but again  the numbers we were experiencing during late May and June have dwindled which is expected as the fish are reacting negatively to the lack of current and lower oxygen levels.  Our best success this past week on the ledges was fishing slower techniques with Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs.  

You can still put a good limit of bass in the boat on the ledges right now, you just need to find some baitfish relating to the ledges and fish slow. One pattern I believe a lot of folks are overlooking too right now is deep main lake points where some fish are being taken also by fishing the slower techniques. The summer shallow water back up pattern is still providing plenty of action although most of the fish are small but the fish are actively feeding on the schools of fry around docks and shallow wood cover in the creeks and bays.  

The shallow water fish can be taken on some mornings and late in the evening with topwater lures but the better bite is later in the morning and during the day with Texas rigged small creature baits and small jigs.  
 
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 deep main lake points with Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and 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 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.  Good Largemouth are also being taken on this night pattern.
 
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 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.  We have been having some large Mayfly hatches this past week and the action on these has been reported as  good. 
 
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 slower this past week with the lack of current.

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