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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/11/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.48  Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.55  Surface Temperature - 82
Both lakes are one half foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam generated between 30,000 - 55,000 cfs today.  Barkley Dam generated an average of 16,000 cfs today.  
General Conditions:  This week started out on Monday with high winds and thunderstorms associated with a frontal passage  and then things got hot with flat water and blue skies the past few days along with afternoon high's in the 90's.  

The water temperatures have risen 7 degrees since last Thursday.  Sunblock and lots of Gatorade and water was the ticket this week.  We stayed with the ledges for our bass this week but we did go back shallow and check the shallow bite a couple of times also.  The ledges are pretty much working like they have been over the past couple of weeks.  

You can get some nice fish but the better bite is definitely early in the morning and late in the evening.  The bite during the heat of the day has been slow.  We are still catching most of our fish on slower techniques such as dragging jigs, Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits with shaky heads and drop shot rigs during  periods of slower activity.  We are still finding most of the fish deep on the ledges with only one or two fish off the tops of the ledges now and then.  

One of my clients did get a nice 8lb Largemouth during the heat of the day today and she also came off the bottom of a creek channel ledge.  We caught fish on our forays to the shallows also where Largemouth are feeding on schools of fry near wood cover.  Although most of these fish were smaller fish, we did get fish up to just over 5lbs.  
The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 88/low of 72 with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning.  Chances of thunderstorms are in the forecast everyday through next midweek.  Saturday and Sunday are showing high's around 90 and low's in the 70's and of course chances of thunderstorms each day.  

The extended forecast through next mid week is calling for high's in the upper 80's and low's in the 70's with south quadrant winds each day.  This is the time of year to expect a chance of severe thunderstorms every day, especially in the afternoon.  Anglers need to keep an eye on the sky for approaching storms and seek safe port before the storms arrive.  These early summer storms are accompanied by lots of lightning and localized high winds.  
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken ledges on the main lake and around the mouths of deeper creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms, shakey heads and drop shot rigs. Largemouth are also being taken on primary points and channel banks of the main lake using the same techniques as mentioned above. 

Largemouth are also still being taken near brush and vegetation in the backs of the creeks and bays, especially early and late in the day where they are feeding on bluegills and fry. These fish are being taken on topwater lures, Texas rigged large worms and creature baits as well as whacky rigged worms. During the late morning and afternoon hours, these shallow fish are relating to wood cover and we are catching them on Texas rigged creature baits.  

Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on rocky main lake primary points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays as well as on ledges. These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs, tube jigs and shakey heads. 
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week have been: Bag 5 custom painted deep diving crankbatis in green gizzard shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Strike King XD6 in chartreuse sexy shad, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs, whacky rigged Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black, Zoom Trick Worms whacky rigged in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Charmer shakey head worms on drop shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple as well as Robo worms in green pumpkin variations, Charmer 10.5 inch worms in plum and green pumpkin/purple on Texas rigs, D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw, Slongs shaky heads with Yamamoto Senko's in green pumpkin/black.
White Bass:  White Bass activity is  picking up with a number of schools of these fish surfacing early in the morning around the mouths of the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken by casting inline spinners into the feeding schools.  So far most of these fish are smaller fish.  Some larger Whites are now being taken by trolling  inline spinners along channel ledges and vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish.  
Catfish: Channel Catfish are being taken on creek channel ledges with cover on bottom rigs baited with night crawlers.  Catfish are also being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits and yellow tails during periods of current.
Bluegill/Red Ears: . There are still some nice bluegill and redears being taken shallow in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on crickets and worms under bobbers and worms on split shot rigs. The Bluegills can be found in 3-5 ft of water near brush and vegetation. The Red Ears are being taken on gravel bars in 5-7 ft of water.  Some nice catches have been reported.

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Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.