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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
July 23rd, 2004
Lake levels have dropped since last week along Kentucky Lake but
lake stages are about normal for this period of the summer.
TVA is predicting a reading of 358.2 this weekend at New
Johnsonville. Downstream at Kentucky Dam the reading is slightly higher
with a prediction of 358.4. Lake levels are expected to be stable
throughout the weekend.
Surface temperatures remain in the 84 to 87 degree range. Watercolor
is relatively clear in both the Big Sandy and Tennessee River areas.
Catfish continue to top the list this week on Kentucky Lake. Anglers
are still finding good fishing along the edge of the main river channel
in the 25 to 40 foot depth range.
Tightlining rigs that bump bottom have accounted for some good
stringers lately but there’s still a lot of catfish being caught on
trotlines and jugs. Popular baits have been catalpa worms, nightcrawlers,
leeches, and chicken liver.
A slow current this week has been in favor of catfishermen working
the deep-water venues along the main Tennessee River.
Crappie have been fair as a few fish were taken this week in the
depths of 18 to 24 feet. Main lake ledges are paying off best where
submerged stumps and brush is located.
A few white bass are showing up but surface activity has remained
slow. Not many fish are breaking the surface but a few fish have been
taken as anglers cast Rooster Tails and spoons.
Bass action is fair with a few more fish showing up on main lake
ledges since lake levels are lower. Much of the shallow shoreline
structure and islands are too shallow to hold many fish since the
reservoir began falling last week.
Carolina rigged worms and lizards, along with some large crankbaits
have produced this week as have jigs worked along the drop-offs in 10 to
14 foot zones.
A few largemouth and smallmouth were taking small jigs and
crankbaits cast on main lake ledges too. Night fishing is picking up
some for bass anglers too as the hot weather continues to have an
Some bluegill are still hitting around boathouses and bridge piers
where mayflies are hatching.
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