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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/16/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 359.95  Surface Temperature – 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam – 360.10  Surface Temperature – 85
Both lakes are one foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was spilling at an average rate of just over 70,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was spilling at an average rate of 20,000 cfs this afternoon.  
General Conditions:  It has been hot and humid this week with afternoon heat indexes in the triple digits and it appears this will continue for the weekend.  The lakes have been drawn down 2.5 feet in the past 5 days with heavy current most of the week.  The rate of the water being pulled dropped today but we still have plenty of current.  

The heavier current scattered a lot of the fish on the main lakes and many of the baitfish and bass moved into the mouths of the creeks and bays onto the points and ledges around these areas.  Our best producing techniques have still been on slower techniques such as Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, jigs, shaky heads and drop shots.  We are still taking quality fish on the ledges but not large numbers of fish.  By this I mean we are not getting 20-25 fish a day but we are getting limits.  
The forecast for tomorrow and through the weekend is hot and humid.  Friday is showing a high of 97/low of 76 with wind SW10-15.  Saturday is forecasted to have a high of 98/low of 76 with wind SW8.  Sunday continues with a high of 98/low of 74 with wind WSW9.  

The forecast through next mid week is showing post frontal conditions with high’s in the 90’s/low’s in the 70’s with Northerly winds and chances of scattered thunderstorms each day.  Bring your sunblock and plenty of water and sports drinks with you this weekend.  
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 as well as on the points inside the mouths of the creeks and bays 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 schools of spring fry. 

These fish are being taken on top water lures, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs as well as spinner 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 XD10 in chartreuse sexy shad and blue/chartruese, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and Strike Splash baits in bone for the shallow topwater bite, 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 Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy.
White Bass: White Bass are active 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. Numbers of White Bass are also schooling on shallow flats early in the morning in the backs of the creeks and bays feeding on schools of spring fry. 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken in the old river channels now in 20-30 ft of water on bottom rigs with cut baits, night crawlers. shrimp and leach combinations and yellow tails during periods of current.

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