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Lake Conditions: Both lakes are still slowly being drawn down to their winter pool of 354. Kentucky is still slightly lower than Barkley sitting at 356.02 with Barkley hanging around the 356.20 mark. The TVA has been pulling a steady 43,000cfs through the KY Dam while Barkley has stayed steady at 8,000-24,300cfs. Water temps are still running in the mid 80's and water color has been good on both lakes.
 
Weather: It's looks as if we've maybe seen our last week of hot humid summer weather around the lakes with the push of this last cold front. We seen some scatter thunderstorms and rain come thru the area but things look to dry out nicely over the next week or so. High will only reach the mid to upper 70's with lows if the 50's we can finally open the windows and give the air conditioners a break.
 
Bass Fishing: Things have started to pick up overall but still a hit and miss bite. We are still experiencing the bite to all over the board. This is a fun time to fish because you can pretty much do what it is you like and catch some fish as the 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.
 


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. 
 



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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