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Lake Conditions:

Barkley – 360.05, 9,300 – 14,400CFS, stained to muddy with water temps in the upper 60’s to mid 70’s

Kentucky – 359.91, 7,400 - 35,800 CFS, light stain to very stained with temps in the upper 60’s to mid 70’s


Weather: We’ve enjoyed a pretty decent week of weather thus far around the lakes area. Temps have steadily been on the rise with plenty of sun for the most part. We had a front push through the area bring some showers the past couple of days but the weekend is looking great. We are expecting highs to be pushing the 90 degree mark over the next few days with a small chance of showers each day generally in the later half. Winds look to be under 15mph out of the South.


Bass Fishing: It’s still a bit of a repeat of the past couple weeks or so with some fish out but way more still in. In fact you can still catch a descent limit flippin bushes. I believe with the warm weather we’ve been having and going to have over the next week or so along with the holiday weekend boat traffic you will see a big push of fish heading to the ledges. But as for the past week we still have the shad in spawning along with the bluegill and with all that food and still cool water temps these fish really haven’t had a reason to head out of the bays. We’ve been throwing 3 main baits to catch these fish they being and Outkast Tackle 5/16 finesse jig or shaky head along with a SPRO Fat Papa 70 crankbait and Big Bite Baits BB Kicker swimbait rigged on a Picasso ½-1oz swimbait head. We have been keying in on lead in banks and channel swing banks. Some fish have also come of ledges along the flats in the middle of the bays and out towards the mouths. We had seen a bunch of fish deep yet and the ones we have we’ve only been able to get one or two to bite before they vanish.


Crappie: We didn’t even fish for them this past week. Most fish are in that post spawn transition on bay drops as they begin to head out to the main lake and humps in the mouths of the larger bays and creeks. They guys I’ve talked to and seen are spider rigging or pulling crankbaits all with mixed results.

 Bluegill/Redear: We’ve spent most of the week chasing these tasty critters around (check out the Tips Video). They are up creating their spawning colonies and are pretty easy to catch once you find them. As in every year you’ve got some beds that are there like clockwork year after year and other seem to move around a little bit but with the use of the Helix units it doesn’t take long to locate some and have some awesome fishing. We’ve either been throwing a bluegill bug or a drop shot and cricket set up to catch them.



DO NOT get left on the dock because you forgot to book a trip. Call us today and setup your next fishing adventure and possibly catch the fish of a lifetime at 612-889-2423. Some awesome summer fishing and weather is ahead be sure to get your dates booked today.


*****Don’t forget about our on the water electronics classes. We have run the Lowrance products the past 10yrs and now are running the NEW Humminbird Helix units. So if you’re stumped as what you’re looking at or how to navigate through the units we can help you. Got a unit and need it installed get in touch with us and we can get you hooked up and finding fish like the pros.


Anyone needing any boat work done or looking for a new boat be sure to stop by and see the guys at Legacy Marine 270-928-3253 they have you covered for any of your boating needs.


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Brian Brown
Fishing Hype Guide Service