Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake Fishing Report
Lake Conditions: The lakes are on a rollercoaster as of late. They sit at 363.4 now on a steady rise over the past couple of days from 362.9. KY Dam is releasing 181,000 and expecting to release 200,000 over the weekend, Barkley is running 100,000 CFS. Water temps are now holding in the low 60's and have been as high as 70 on sunny days in back of some of the bays.
Weather: It has been a descent week of weather here around the lakes and looks to be a wonderful week ahead. We are getting some rain today as a cold front is pushing thru over the weekend which looks to see highs in the upper 60s till Monday. Starting Tuesday we should see plenty of sunshine the rest of the week and highs back in the 80s.
Fishing: Has been crazy this past week. With water still in the bushes the flippin bite continues to be strong. But with the water receding most of the week there were a lot more fish being caught on squarebills and spinnerbaits just out side the bushes as those fish that had spawned were pullling out. There also developed a very good crankbait bite on post and pre spawn staging flats and points. In fact this is the pattern that won the Bassmaster Weekend Series event out of Moor's on Sat. for 26lbs. I ran the same pattern and ended the day with 17lbs and from sales at the shop it looks as if many have found the same results. Just as always though when the water comes up so do the fish and the guys on good crankbait fish this week struggled in the 2 tournaments going on Thurs. and Fri. Another wave of spawners are on their way if not up with the New Moon today and Full Moon on the 25th look for a good shallow bite to continue for the next couple of weeks The majority of the fish that we have taken have all come shallow in the bushes and tree roots. I've had one rod in my hands for the better part of the past week and that is a Powell Endurance 795, a 7'-9'' rod built for throwing the A-rig but has become my favorite flipping rod, with a Revo S spooled with 20lb fluorocarbon line. As far as what to flip I have pitched about everything to a bush so far but out best bites have come off a Outkast Tackle 4'' flippin tube with a rattle inside. I know a tube is a tube but what makes these different is the fact they do not slick shiny outside and double dipped for better durability and bulkier look. For the fish off the bank we've been throwing a Carolina rig or Outkast Tackle 1/2oz football jig in Bold Gill or Crawdad colors pair with a NetBait Baby Paca Craw or Paca Chunk in Sun Perch color. My crankbait fish have come off either a 6XD or DD22 on staging flats and points. I throw both these baits on either a Powell 755 CB or their ever popular 804 CB cranking rods, ABU Revo S reel spooled with 10lb line.
Crappie: Crappie fishing is still going good and we've about reached the end of the spawn at least on Barkley. There will always be a few late stragglers of Blacks and Whites coming in over the next couple of weeks but over all most fish have come of the banks and are setting up on cover in 5-10 feet of water while others are already out in 20 feet. The mid depth brush piles and stake beds will be good for the up coming few weeks as the pull out there to recover from their spawning activities before heading to their summer haunts. Many will spend a month or so here while other will head for main river ledges with stumps or brush piles. Vertical jigging, spider rigging and slip corks and minnows tend to work best this time of year and that's exactly how we caught them this past weekend.
Blue Gill/Redear: With the high water many fish are being taken in the new grass and vegetation along the shoreline as in years past during high water situations. The water temps are not far off from these critters to be in a full blown spawn and would predict with they will be by the end of the month with the Full Moon on the 25th. Right now it's been a fish here and there in most cases though some anglers have reported getting in on some great action. Bluegills bugs have been the lure of choice with crawlers or crickets being the bait to tip them with or even put on a hook and bobber combo.
***** BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!! WE EXPERIENCE A DEATH ON THE WATER THURS. AS A BOAT HIT A CONCRETE SUPPORT BEAM ON THE 68/80 BRIDGE WHILE TRYING TO CUT THROUGH A NON NAVIGABLE OPENINGS. THE MOTOR WAS TORE OFF THE BACK OF THE BOAT AND HIT THE PASSENGER. ALSO LAKE BARKLEY AT THIS TIME IS VERY HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATE WITH LOTS OF FLOATING AND PARTIALLY SUBMERGED DEBRIS. PLEASE PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHILE BOATING OUT THERE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
*****Make sure to stop by The Cabin Bait and Tackle (270-388-6440). They have the largest selection of tackle around the lakes area with the most knowledgeable staff of anglers. New products are coming in daily like a full line of Tight Line UV plastics, ABT suspending square bills, many new plastics from Gambler, Berkley, Damiki, and Kinami along with special colors from Zoom . The guns have been selling well stop by and check out the selection or see what we can get order for you. With the lakes area largest selection of rods, reels, and tackle along with guns and ammo you are sure to find something you need. You can also get a quick bite to eat from the deli before you head out or after long day on the water.
******Looking for a place to stay while here fishing, be sure to check out Buzzard Rock Resort, Gingerwood Lodges. and Poplar Creek Lodge.
Call now to get in on the action. The bass action has been hot and the bluegill and redear are ready. Don't get left on shore this year book your trip today!!
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