Shelldivers Guide Service's Fishing Report
For May 17, 2017Report for Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley
The fishing here at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes remains good. Water levels are slowly dropping to normal summer pool. The spawn for Crappie and Bass is over. We have had morning water temperatures at about 72 degrees for a few days.
The fish are somewhat scattered in the shallow and deep water but you can still catch a nice bunch of fish most days. I have had some excellent bass fishing days during the last two weeks catching all my bass from early summer drop offs. I started catching ledge fish in mid April and many of those bass had not spawned yet. I have had some tough days as well but usually at the end of the day we have a nice bunch of fish.
Last year the morning water temperature was 67 degrees. I remember going out May 18th, 2016, last year and finding summer ledge fish in numbers with the morning water temperature being 67 degrees. Each day the ledge fishing gets a little better.
Look for shallower drop offs near creek mouths and bays or drop offs closer to the bank. The fish slowly make their way to the main river channel. Many fish are still shallow with the water level being high. When the water level gets down to summer pool the summer ledge fishing will really pick up. During the last couple weeks I have been using a Carolina Rig with about a 4 foot leader, 3/4 ounce weight, with a green pumpkin creature bait.
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