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Kentucky Lake's Fishing Scene Holds Up Despite Heat

Written by Steve McCadams | Originally published 06/10/2015

Kentucky Lakes fishing scene has been pretty hot for several species the last few weeks but things really heated up this week as summer conditions arrived a bit early.
Hot weather descended this week as anglers negotiated stagnant winds and above average temperatures that made it feel like August was already here. The mercury climbed into the low 90s at midweek.
Despite the warm weather fishermen have chalked up some nice stringers of crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish.
Surface temperatures climbed into the 82 to 85 degree range the last few days. Water color has been clear across the reservoir.
Lake levels are expected to be stable and rest in the normal summer pool range of 359 at Kentucky Dam this weekend. Upstream in the New Johnsonville area the reservoir will be slightly lower with a forecast of 358.9.
Crappie have been hitting good this week for anglers stalking deep stakebeds and some main lake ledges in depths of 14 to 16 foot depths. A few fish have been taken in the 12 to 14 depths in the early morning and late afternoon hours or when cloud cover helped filter bring sunlight.
Live minnows have produced as have jigs tipped with minnows. June crappie fishing has been good with some diminished activity at midday when stagnant winds and bright sunshine combined to slow the bite.
Trolling crankbaits has produced a few fish as well as more crappie transition back to their main lake hideouts along drop-offs.
Bass fishing continues to live up to its late spring and early summer reputation. There are several fish relating to aquatic vegetation in bays just off the main lake where tossing a Texas rigged worm, spinnerbait or floating fluke style jerk bait will garner several bites.
Some weedbeds are holding a lot of baitfish and winds push the forage up in areas at times where anglers can find a lot of activity. Not all the bass on Kentucky Lake are residing on deep ledges.
Main lake drop-offs continue to produce hefty stringers where summer patterns are working for boaters tossing big deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, big Texas rigged worms and jig and craw combos. 
With the lake now stable current has been inconsistent this week. However, TVA has been generating by midmorning hours when power demands increase.
Bluegill action has been fair with a few late bedding fish still biting. Mayfly hatches have been observed at various areas the last week or so but look for some big hatches to occur in the next few weeks.
Catfish action has been decent with several still hanging around midrange depths of 14 to 17 feet. Crappie anglers fishing drop-offs and deep stakebeds are still tying into nice catfish on a daily basis. With surface temperatures heating up look for the bite to improve along the main river channel in the days ahead.
Summer officially arrives on June 21. Those of us on the lake lately feel like it moved up the timetable and slipped in the door already!
Despite dodging a few thunderstorms earlier this week and dealing with heat anglers have taken it all in stride as the overall fishing scene has held up well.

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White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.