Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake Fishing Report
Lake Conditions: Both lakes are still slowly being drawn down to their winter pool of 354 with both sitting at 355.30. The TVA has been pulling 14,200-55,000cfs through the KY Dam while Barkley has stayed steady between 8,000-24,300cfs. Water temps are running in the upper 70's and water color has been good on both lakes.
Weather: Wow what an awesome couple weeks of weather we've enjoyed here around the lakes you really can't ask for much better with cool nights warming nicely into the day with lights winds overall. We look to keep enjoying this same weather pattern well into the next week also.
Bass Fishing: Things have started to pick up overall but it' still a very hit and miss bite. The fishing patterns are all over the board and you can pretty much catch them anyway you want right now. Watching the BFL weigh-in gave perfect testimony as to what's going on. Many guys struggled at this tournament that had done well prefishing and fish were caught on everything from drop shots to big topwater baits. Fish are scattered from shallow backs of the bays and main lake flats out to the deep ledges. We've caught them on a variety of baits from poppers and spook style topwaters to dragging football head jigs and big worms out off the ledges and everything in between. Our best bite has been main lake flats 8-12 feet deep with shellbeds or gravel scattered on them some isolated wood doesn't hurt. The best baits have been midsize crankbaits like a SPRO Baby DD and hopping a 1/2oz Outkast Tackle T2 football jig paired with a Big Bite Baits swimmin craw. We've even gotten into a few schooling fish that we caught on spoons. The shallow fish in the bays have come on shallow running crankbaits custom baited in Blue Glimmer by Bag 5 Baits. While most of the deep fish we have caught have either been on a big spinnerbait or big worm. A 10'' plum worm is still hard to beat out on the ledges this time of year it's one bait you almost always have to have tied on. As we continue into the fall covering water will be a big key and below are my 3 favorite baits to cover everything from top to 12 depth range. (Spro Baby DD, Spook style bait and Outkast Tackle 3/8oz Sunfish color swim jig which I never leave the dock with out one.)
Crappie:We didn't spend any time this week chasing them. It will not be long before the water starts to cool off and we begin chasing these guys again. Usually the first of October marks the beginning of the good fall crappie season.
White/Yellow Bass: Again these seem to be the most active fish of the week with some fast action when you fire up a school. 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.
Be sure to stop by The Cabin Bait and Tackle for all your fishing needs along with guns and ammo. Come in and check out the new products arriving for the upper coming year. Don't forget about their online store www.TackleExperts.com Grab a sandwich and The Cabin Deli before or after you hit the water.
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. Also book early for the fall crappie season so you DO NOT get left on the dock CALL NOW!!!
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