Changing Conditions Every Day
For April 26, 2019Report for Kentucky Lake from Ky Dam to Paris Landing and Barkley north of US 68
Spring is officially here! We have seen a lot of changes over the last couple weeks with warmer water temps and lake levels getting up there to summer pool. The next few weeks will be getting good.
Lake Conditions and What’s Happening on the Lake
Water Temps: low to mid-70s and mid-60s on Lake Barkley
Lake Level: 359-360
Water Color: Some creeks are still fairly stained with most of the main lake very clean
The last couple weeks we have went from some very challenging fishing conditions to improving conditions every day. This is mostly due to the fact that the TVA has finally started bringing the water levels up to summer pool.
This year the lake levels have been down longer than they normally are for this time of year. Warmer than expected water temps have made these fish move from secondary lead in banks, to any cover you find in the water. Last week we went from catching a lot of numbers of small fish and few keepers to a lot more keepers showing up in shallow pockets with cover.
During the first of this week there were a lot of small bucks making their way into the creeks with very few keeps moving in. Last week went from catching 50 a day to not as many bites this week, but the keeper bucks started moving in and few big females showing up.
When the water levels start creeping up from 358-359, this can be magic during this time of year. It really gives those fish a chance to get moved up where they want to be to start the spawning process. I do believe with warmer water temps, there are a good number of fish that have spawned.
We are still looking at the last week of April so I believe the major majority of fish have not spawned and we will see the next few weeks bust wide open. Keep in mind when fishing shallow this time of year. The water levels at 359, you will find more cover in the water the further south you go. When it hits high 359 or 360, you will find more cover in the water on the North end of the lake.
Most of your fish will find those outside bushes first and the first willow trees you see in the water. The best places to look are those areas with a number of willow trees and bushes mixed together. The more targets you have the better off you are. There is still a good number of fish coming and going. These fish are located on the lead in banks that lead back to spawning areas.
For the most part if your looking for a fun two or three weeks, now is the time to be here. I have posted some very informative videos to my YouTube Channel lately, so be sure to give me a sub if you like what your seeing. A lot more great content coming to keep you informed on what’s going on.
Techniques That Are Working
Shallow Cranking - Covering water is a must
this time of year. You will find a good number of fish still
setting up on the banks leading into the pockets. A
crankbait is a good bait to locate these fish.
Specifics- 6th Sense Crush 50 and Crush 100
Jigs and Shakey Heads - A must have this time of year when looking for those finesse presentations for those fish that are making a move back. There are times where slowing down will get you more bites especially on those calm days when the crankbait isn’t getting as many bites.
Specifics - 1/8 oz Shakey Heads with Zoom Trick Worm or Ned Worm
Flipping - If you know anything about Ky Lake, this is a favorite down here. I'm known as an offshore guy, but this is by far one of my favorite ways to catch them.
Specifics - 5/16-1/2 oz pegged weight with flipping bait of choice. I am a firm believer that whatever bait you like to flip, they will bite it. Those fish are reacting to a bait and not paying much attention to what your offering. They simply don’t want it anywhere close to where they are spawing. I have caught a lot of numbers this week on a Yamamoto Flappin Hog, Green Pumpking and Black with Blue Flake
Topwater - The topwater is a great bait to fish around spawing areas and often will get you a big bite. This bait will show a lot of bass that are on beds that you may not catch but will show you a good area that you know has fish in it. I don’t have to explain a buzz bait but the frog and popper will catch you fry guarders and lot of times show a fish that’s on a bed that you may not know was there.
Specifics - Accent BuzzBait (Black), 6the Sense Splash Back 70 popper (bluegill), Frog (black or bluegill)
For those of you who are not familiar with my service, I competed for 8 years on the FLW Tour. I am a full time Licensed and Insured Captain with First Aid and CPR certification. I offer one-on-one training for all times of the year, fun bass fishing trips, and electronics lessons on the ins and outs of the new technology. I would love the opportunity to share a day with you in my Ranger Z520L or in your own boat to get your electronics dialed in.
I am here to help you and to help you become a better angler
and to give you confidence in your equipment.
If you are in the area on the north end of Kentucky Lake, there are a couple businesses that I highly recommend you check out. Kentucky Lake Outdoors is fully stocked with anything you read in my reports and if they don’t have it, they will get it for you. Hi-Tec Outdoors is one of the premier shops for anything electronics. They are very knowledgeable on the latest technology, can do the install, and have a great tackle selection as well.
The guys at Jet-A-Marina in Calvert City are our local Ranger Boats dealer. These guys do a great job keeping us running throughout the year. They have some exciting things coming in 2019 so stay tuned. Also if you’re in the area, be sure to check out Fast Eddies. They have an awesome restaurant, fuel, and a great tackle selection.
Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @brandonhunterfishing and @bhunterfishing for anything fishing. I’ll also be more involved on YouTube this year with tips and techniques. Make sure your following along and subscribe to my channel BrandonHunterFishing. Please visit brandonhunterfishing.com and shoot me an email to book your next trip.
See you on the water!
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