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Lake Conditions: Both lakes are sitting a little over a foot below summer pool at 357.81. With the TVA in it's winter draw down over the next few months they are running 21,300-34,000CFS through Kentucky and 16,400CFS through Barkley. Water temps on both lakes are running in the low 80's with good water clarity on both lakes.
Weather: Wow when can you remember a July this cool. We've had a couple warm days here and there but very unseasonably cool and I'm not complaining though we could use some rain. We will begin a warming trend this weekend with temps feeling more like summer in the 90's. Looks like a front with push through Thursday night into Friday bringing us a chance at some precipitation along with chance this Saturday.
Bass Fishing: The bite this week hasn't changed much from the past couple of weeks. If anything it's just getting tougher to find them and then get them to bite. A few guys as always caught them during this past weekends BFL tournament with the top 3 place over 20lbs but it also only took 11lbs to get a check. There doesn't seem to be very many schools of any number left on the ledges as many fish seem to be scattered across shallow flats and some even making their way to backs of the bays and creeks. Your typical summer ledge baits large swimbaits, spinnerbait, spoons, football jig, big worm and deep diving crankbaits have all taken some active fish. On the other side of the spectrum the best techniques right now are a drop shot and shaky head presentation. Using a Powell Endurance 733 spinning rod spooled with Sunline 8lb Sniper a Gamakatsu size 4 drop shot or 1/0 EWG hook and 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. Below is a picture of the baits we've been using and a what school of white and yellow bass mixed with drum and catfish look like. We have had mix of all these fish on at one time you just never know what you'll catch.

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 the new Duckett Fishing reels, the redesigned Lew's reels along with new rods from "13" Fishing. Also stop by or like them on Face Book to sign up for a free Lew's reel to be giving away at the end of August!!!
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