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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/27/2015

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam – 356.86  Surface Temperature – 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam – 356.90  Surface Temperature – 82
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool and on a draw down.  Kentucky Dam has been generating at an average rate of 60,000 cfs over the past couple of days.  Barkley Dam has been generating at an average rate of 25,500 over the past couple of days.  The TVA website is showing a projected draw down of another foot over the next few days. 
Current Conditions:  We have had some beautiful cool fall like days over the past week, even needing a light jacket for those early morning runs on the lakes.  The slow bite I reported last week on has continued this week on north Kentucky.  

The fish have been scattered for the most part and we have taken fish from the ledges to the backs of the creeks and bays but certainly not numbers of fish nor have we encountered any schools of feeding bass.  I have received a couple of reports that the bite has improved somewhat on north Barkley and on Kentucky from Blood River south this week but none of these reports indicated a great bite, just a better bite than last week.  

Boaters need to take heed in the fact the lakes levels are dropping and pay attention to where they are running.  If you are not sure of the water depth where you are, you should idle your boat until you are sure you are in safe water for running.  
The forecast for the weekend and early next week is showing a slight warming period with humidity levels starting to rise again.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 87/low of 65 with wind SE5.  Saturday’s forecast is for a high of 89/low of 67 with wind SSW9.  

Sunday is calling for a high of 89/low of 66 with wind SSW6.  The extended forecast into next mid week is calling for daytime high’s in the low 90’s/ night time low’s in the upper 60’s with light winds.
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken on 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 using the same techniques as mentioned above.

One can also catch fish on secondary points in the creeks and bays where some bass are feeding on schools of fry . These fish are being taken on  finesse jigs and shaky heads.  Largemouth are being taken around grass beds in the creeks and bays south of Blood River early in the morning on top water lures and senko type baits.  

Overall the fish the scattered and bite is slow. 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:   Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon and Strike King Splash baits in white near grass beds, 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, D&L baby advantage jigs in “oops” pattern,  Slong's shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worms in watermelon candy as well as Yamamoto Senko’s in green pumpkin/black and Charmer tubes in road kill and green pumpkin/orange on tube jigs.
White Bass: Whites are now being taken by trolling vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons over schools of deeper fish along river channel ledges.
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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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.