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Lake Conditions:

Barkley – 358.45, 8,400-27,300 CFS, water is stained in color, with water temps running in the mid to upper 80’s

Kentucky –  358.40, 14,000-27,700, water has light stain in color, with water temps running in the upper 80’s to low 90’s


Weather: Can you say HOT! It has been a warm one around the lakes and central part of the country this week with high running in the upper 90’s and heat index running in the 105-110 range. We’ve had a few normal summertime pop-up showers pass through otherwise warm and humid. As of now the extended forecast calls for the heat to stick around till early next week as temps will then fall back to the low 90’s and even upper 80’s.


Bass Fishing: It’s summer time and not much has changed over all. The ledge bite is still hit or miss depending on what the TVA is doing with the water generation. As normal with little or no current the bite can be pretty fickle but when they get it ramped up the same spots can be incredible. When there has been water movement the main lake ledges and flats have been the place to be as these areas are much more affected by what the current is doing. Swimbaits, crankbaits, big spinnerbaits have been catching the active fish while we’ve had to pull out the football jigs, Carolina rigs, shaky heads and Texas rigs along with a drop shot to pick away at the inactive fish. Our most effective bait overall this week has been a 1/2oz Picasso lures football shaky head paired with a 8’’ Big Bite Baits finesse worm in either black blue fleck or candy apple colors. We are throwing this on a Powell 734 MH baitcasting rod with 14lb Sunline sniper fluorocarbon line. When there hasn’t been much current we’ve been fishing in the mouth of the bays with large flats and soaking a Texas rig worm in the brush along them. For this we are using a 10’’ Big Bite Baits candy apple Juice worm paired with a 4/0 Gamakastu worm hook and 3/8 or 1/2oz Bag 5 Baits tungsten worm weight.

White and Yellow Bass: I didn’t have any trips for them this week but seen plenty in the jumps out on the main river flats. Using a blade bait like a Steel Shad or a rooster tail dropping them over the side of the boat and hopping them off the bottom and letting them flutter back down will get you bit and most of your bites with happen as the bait falls back to the bottom. I don’t personally troll for them but have seen plenty of anglers doing so with deep diving crankbait and with curly tail jig or rooster tail running off the back of it catching both white and hybrids.


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Brian Brown
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