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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/20/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 357.39  Surface Temperature – 83

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam – 357.35   Surface Temperature – 84
Both lakes are just inches of being 2 feet below summer pool.  Kentucky Dam has been generating an average rate of 34,500 cfs over the past 24 hours.  Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 25,500 cfs over the past 24 hours. 
General Conditions:  I have been reporting for the past few weeks that the ledge bite has been intermittent although we have managed to take some nice fish but not large numbers of fish.  This week I am reporting that not only is the ledge bite intermittent during the morning and early afternoon but the bite is slow... maybe the slowest I have seen it in a long time.

We are still managing to get a nice big fish now and then but we have not had a limit of big fish all this week.  Folks that follow my fishing report for years know that I tell it like it is and this is the way it has been.  All you have to do is talk to the folks that have been out there to get the same feedback.  

We have not had any current on the lakes all week and the oxygen levels are low.  The fish we are getting are still coming on the slower techniques of Carolina rigged creature baits, dragging football head jigs and Texas rigged large worms. On the bright side, I am getting reports of a better late evening and night bite on both lakes. Hopefully we will see this bite turn around as the water temperatures continue to drop but historically, September is one of the tougher months and it is fast approaching.  
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 84/low of 61 with wind E6.  The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 86/low of 66 with wind SE4.  Sunday is calling for a high of 85/low of 61 with a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms with wind WSW8. 
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. 

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.  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.  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 points and points inside the mouths of the deeper creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on dark skirted spinner baits, jigs 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 bite on these fish during the day is slow.  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:  Charmer Timber Pups in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple on Carolina rigs , 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 river channel ledges as well as main lake creek channel ledges and vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish.  The reports I receive this week indicate these fish are still being taken but the numbers are down.
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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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.