Dave Stewart's Fishing Report
Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/06/2015
Kentucky Lake: Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 358.00 Surface Temperature – 87 Lake Barkley: Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.80 Surface Temperature – 87 Both lakes are one foot below summer pool and on a slow draw down in accordance with the TVA River Operating System, both lakes should reach two feet below summer pool by the end of this month barring any unforeseen influx of water. Kentucky Dam has been generating a peak flow of around 53,000 cfs every day this week during late morning and afternoons. Barkley Dam has been generating an average flow of 23,300 cfs around the clock over the past few days. General Conditions: I got back on the water after my vacation last week on Monday and this week started off with a bang. On Monday after a short time spent early on some top water bite back shallow, my client and I went to the ledges and my client had a great day catching some really nice large bass. His best 5 fish topped 28 lbs with an 8 lb kicker. Certainly one of those days for the memory book. Overall the ledges are still spotty and patience is key as is fishing slower techniques such as Carolina rigged creature baits, slow dragging football head jigs and Texas rigged large worms. When you find the fish, you just have to stay with them and fish slow. My client mentioned above took 2 limits of very good fish but it took 4 hours of fishing one area of the same ledge. The early morning top water bite back shallow is still there but not quite as productive as it has been over the past month as many of the schools of fry are now transitioning out of the very shallow water in the backs of the creeks and moving toward deeper water. There is some early morning and late evening top water bite now on the secondary points about half way back in the creeks and bays where bass are feeding on these transitioning schools of fry. One can also catch fish on the deeper flats in 5-8 ft of water during the day where bass are feeding on these fry schools. We are also now getting some large mayfly hatches and bass along with other fish are feeding on these hatches early in the morning and late in the evening around over hanging trees in the creeks and bays. We are still in typical late summer weather patterns with a lot of hot and humid days with a few less humid days mixed in after frontal passages. We are experiencing some nasty scattered thunderstorms with these frontal passages with some locally heavy rains, wind and nasty lightning. Keep an eye on the sky and go to safe harbor when you see any approaching storm. These storms are fast movers so don’t delay very long when you see one to get to safe harbor. The forecast for Friday is calling for a high of 85/low of 67 with post frontal wind NE4. Saturday and Sunday will be heating back up with high’s in the low 90’s/ low’s in the 70’s with light easterly winds. The humidity will be back this weekend so make sure you have plenty of water and sports drinks with you. The extended forecast into next mid week is showing a return to the 80’s by Tuesday with low’s in the 60’s and north quadrant post frontal 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 Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging large football head jigs, Texas rigged large worms, shaky 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 in the backs of the creeks and bays early and late in the day where they are feeding on schools of spring fry. There is some early morning and late evening top water bite now on the secondary points about half way back in the creeks and bays where bass are feeding on these transitioning schools of fry. One can also catch fish on the deeper flats in 5-8 ft of water during the day where bass are feeding on these fry schools. These fish are being taken on chatter baits, spinner baits and lipless crank baits. We are also now getting some large mayfly hatches and bass along with other fish are feeding on these hatches early in the morning and late in the evening around over hanging trees in the creeks and bays. These bass are being taken on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits as well as finesse jigs. Largemouth are also being taken at night on main lake banks and points on dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs. 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 shaky heads. The summer night bite for these feisty fighters is on now and they are being taken on large dark skirted spinner baits and tube jigs on both gravel and rocky main lake points. Productive Lures: Some of the more productive lures reported this week are: Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and Strike Splash baits in bone for the shallow top water bite, Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs (deep) and Texas rigs (shallow), Charmer shaky 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, Slong’s trokar football head jigs in possum and Cumberland craw and D&L football head jigs in Oops and Cumberland Craw patterns, Slong's shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs. White Bass: 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. 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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