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In a rush and looking for summaries of fishing reports on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley?  Check these out.  Click the report title for the full fishing report.  You can also view 16 years' worth of fishing report archives.

Dave Stewart

Date:  July 21, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake north of Paris Landing; Lake Barkley north of state line

"The ledge bite for the bass continues to be slow and scattered with little wind and low oxygen levels."

Rich Bay

Date:  July 20, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley north of US 68

"We have been chasing white and yellow bass exclusively for about a month now. Some days it’s great and some days we have to chase them down..."

Shelldivers Guide Service

Date:  July 20, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

"The fishing has changed a lot since my last report. In my last report the typical summer ledge fishing was excellent. Just like it has happened in previous years the ledge fishing changed right at the end of the first week of July."

Doug Wynn

Date: July 19, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake

"As a guide who is on the lake a majority of the days in a week (six days last week), it has been frustrating keeping track of the fish and their whereabouts. One day they will be on the ledges, the next they will be in the back 1/2 of bays."

Steve McCadams

Date:  July 19, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Paris Landing to New Johnsonville

"A few boats were bottom bumping along the main Tennessee River channel this week and working their nightcrawler and chicken liver bait presentations but results were a bit slow. A few fish were taken in the 30 foot depth range but the overall (catfish) bite was sluggish."

Kirk Weber

Date:  July 1, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Kentucky Dam to Paris Landing

"The biggest change I've seen lately and will probably see for the next month is that there are now a lot more Yellow Bass and White Bass than Largemouths on the ledges."

Brandon Hunter

Date:  May 30, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from the dam to Paris Landing and Barkley north of US 68

For the most part the majority of the bass population in the TN River System have spawned and the fish are making their way out to deep water

Randy Kuhens

Date:  May 10, 2017
Covering:  North Kentucky Lake and North Lake Barkley

"This has been the best fishing season in several years.  Kentucky Lake seems to be in its prime."

Scott Patton

Date:  April 28, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from Blood River to New Johnsonville

"With the lake being as low as it is “right now” I plan to fish top water and spinner baits on the channel banks in the morning, then switching to a jig with a ZOOM Z hog and a shakey head."

John Morgan

Date: January 24, 2017
Covering:  Kentucky Lake from US 68 to Big Sandy River

"Our population of 10 to 11 and a half inch fish is the best I've seen in 24 years of guiding on Kentucky Lake. There are limits of crappie being caught in every area of the lake from the north end to the south."

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Honker Lake
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

In June these beautiful lily pads are in full bloom at Honker Lake in Land Between The Lakes. Honker Lake is a great place for wildlife viewing and hiking.