Lodging Fishing Attractions Towns & Bays Dining Events Real Estate Maps Lake Conditions

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley Fishing
Facebook Twitter YouTube Contact Us About Us
Switch Mobile/Desktop

Archived Fishing Report

Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/25/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.80  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.90  Surface Temperature - 84
Both lakes are a couple of inches below summer pool and on a slow rise.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 21,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 7,300 this afternoon.  
General Conditions:  The heat and humidity continued through this week with daytime heat indexes hovering around 100 during the afternoon.  The TVA has not generated enough flow for any appreciable current either this week.  

However, we still were able to find and catch some nice Largemouth on the ledges this week although the numbers were not high, the quality has been holding up.  Although we caught fish on a variety of lures this week, our best producers continue to be with slower techniques of Carolina rigs and dragging jigs.  

We do get one every now and then on a crankbait as well as on a Texas rigged worm, shaky head and drop shot.  I have received a number of reports of large swim baits and large spoons working also.  The shallow water bite where bass are feeding on schools of fry is still producing with more smaller fish being taken but we do get an occasional nice fish too.  

Although I am not on the lakes during the evening or at night, I am receiving reports of a more active bite during the late evening and night on both the ledges and on main lake points.  
It appears we are finally going to get a little relief from this heat wave with a cold front that is forecasted to pass through the area sometime tomorrow evening.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 90/low of 64 with an 80% chance of scattered thunderstorms and wind WSW8.  

Saturday is showing a nice cooler post frontal day with a high of 78/low of 57 with wind NNW12.  Sunday's forecast is calling for a high of 83/low of 65 with wind NW6.  The extended forecast through next mid week is for high's in the 80's/ lows in the 60's with a chance for scattered thunderstorms each day and prevailing SW wind.
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, dragging large football head jigs, Texas rigged large worms, shakey heads and drop shot rigs as well as large spoons and large swim baits. 

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 spring fry. 

These fish are being taken on topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits as well as spinner baits. 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. Largemouth are also being taken at night on main lake banks and points on dark skirted spinner 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. The summer night bite for these feisty fighters is on now and they are being taken on large dark skirted spinnerbaits on both gravel and rocky main lake points. 
Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Strike King XD6and XD10 in chartreuse sexy shad and blue/chartruese, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs (deep) and Texas rigs (shallow), 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, Necessity football head jigs and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, Slong's and Necessity 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 behind deep diving crank baits along channel ledges and vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish. The White Bass activity is increasing. 
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.

More Kentucky Lake Fishing Reports

Now That You're 'Hooked' on Fishing... Come See Us!

If you've dug this deep in our Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley fishing reports, you are probably just itching to come down and visit the South's biggest lakes.  Get started by finding that perfect place to stay!  Find a Kentucky Lake cabin or a Lake Barkley campground, a full-service resort or a marina.  Heck, there are even dozens of hotels off the water to choose from! 

Don't have a boat?  No worries!  Bank fishing is always an option for panfish. But if you're heart is set on largemouth or smallmouth, you can rent a fishing boat at many of our local resorts!

The perfect place to start looking for a place to stay at Kentucky or Barkley Lakes?  Right here on our main lodging page.

Photo by Jill Asher

The Elk and Bison Prairie in Land Between The Lakes is one of the most popular attractions for visitors year-round.