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Lake Conditions: Both lakes are sitting a half foot below summer pool at 358.30. With the TVA in it's winter draw down over the next few months they are running 8,000-34,000CFS through Kentucky and 7,500-24,500CFS through Barkley. Water temps on both lakes are running in the mid 80's with good water clarity on both lakes.
Weather: We've had a decent week of weather and looks to be a great week coming up. We will have a warm weekend with cooler weather moving in early part of the week with highs in the low to mid 80's and lows down to the upper 50's.
Bass Fishing: The bite this week hasn't changed much from the past couple of weeks. One day you could flat set them on fire and the next couple you need to drop the bait right on their nose for a bite making ledge bite fairly unpredictable. The fish that were in major schools from secondary channels, flats in front of bays and main river channel ledges have begun to split up due to pressure and the fish transitioning into summer patterns. Some shallow water fish are starting to show up and are willing to chase down a spinnerbait and even some buzzbait fish are being caught. All the baits again this week have been your typical summer ledge baits. Large swimbaits, spinnerbait, spoons, football jig, big worm and deep diving crankbaits. For the active fish the deep diving crankbaits have been on fire like Spro Little John DD, Strike King 6 & 10 XD in custom colors by Bag 5 Baits. For the less active fish an Outkast Tackle T2 football jig or big worm have been very affective. One of the best techniques right now is a drop shot. Using a Powell Endurance 733 spinning rod spooled with Sunline 8lb Sniper a Gamakatsu size 4 drop shot hook a Big Bite Baits shakey worm and 3/6-3/8 drop wgt. will get the job done not only in numbers but will catch very big lethargic fish also.

: We didn't spend any time this week chasing them. Reports we've got are fish are around cover on the secondary channels 14-20 feet deep.
Blue Gill/Redear: We didn't spend anytime fishing for them. The better fish we've been told about are coming off main lake points and secondary ledges.
White/Yellow Bass: This has been the most active fish the past couple of weeks and when you find a school of them the action can be fast and furious. We've had some successful days again this week when the current was moving. Keying on main river ledges with bait around we used a vertical presentation ripping a small spoon, rooster tail and blade bait off the bottom and letting it flutter back with 90% of the bite occurring as the bait begins to fall. These are great trips as you will catch a variety of fish.
I need to give a big shout out to Chris Lasher and the guys at Legacy Marine for keeping me on the water the past few weeks. If you haven't checked them out they are a Bass Cat and Skeeter dealer located on Hwy 453 in Grand Rivers - 888-251-6260.
Be sure to stop by The Cabin Bait and Tackle for all your fishing needs along with guns and ammo. Grab a sandwich and The Cabin Deli before or after you hit the water. They have received another shipment of Magnum Spoons in along with new rods from "13" Fishing
Call now to get in on some of the hottest white bass fishing of the year and let me help you figure out the bass out on the ledges. DO NOT get left on the dock CALL NOW!!!

Brian Brown
Fishing Hype Guide Service