July Fishing Report
Greetings to all of our Moors Resort and Kentucky Lake lovers out there! Don, Eric, and myself each hope that all of you are doing well since my last report. Hopefully everyone has been taking care of themselves in the hotter than hot weather we have been having. I can't think of a better reason to come visit Moors Resort, and get out on Kentucky Lake to cool off!
The lake conditions as of today, July 13, are that Kentucky Lake is listed as being at 358.76 with an outflow of 31,000 CFS. Barkley is listed at 358.60 with an outflow of 17,200. Both lakes are recorded as being at 87 degrees with those temperatures taken at each dam. The forecast for Kentucky Lake over the weekend is to be 358.55 on Saturday, and 358.45 by Sunday. Both days the average outflow is forecast to be 26,500. That being said TVA has now began its gradual draw down to winter pool, but it does not appear a whole lot of current is going to be generated for the next three days. Oh well, nothing any of us can do about that.
The weather forecast for the next three days is for the temperatures to be in the 90's each day, with a reel feel of over 100. Winds look to be very light, and there is a chance for some afternoon showers and thunderstorms each day. With that being said my fishing will consist of early morning departures, and mid morning returns. Be sure to drink a lot of water , and sometimes it becomes necessary to fire up the motor and catch a little breeze.
As far as fishing is concerned, most of our efforts have revolved around chasing Catfish, and White and Yellow Bass. As in fishing some days are better than others, but we generally have been able to get some tugs, and send people home with some fish. A few days we have been able to find the fish wadded up and camp out on them, but other days we had to really scramble around and make a lot of moves for a few bites here and there to get them to add up. That is why we spend a lot of hours on the water constantly searching for new spots holding fish. They are not always in the same spots, and you cannot always rely on yesterdays well producing water. I find it very rewarding to find a new place that holds fish, and have to visit as a back up plan. I call it having another tool in the belt. That being said it is not that easy, and a lot of our searching comes up empty handed , but when your out by yourself looking its no big deal to us. We spend our time searching for the days it matters which is when we have customers with us. Now granted we don't always whack them like we want, but when you find a fisherman that does everyday let me know because I want to hire them .
The three of us are opportunists, so we generally go after what we think gives us the best chance for our clients to get some bites and take fish home. Sometimes people want to target a specific species which is fine with us, and we understand it, and we will do our best to accomplish that goal. Our best action lately has been on the Yellow Bass, with a few White Bass mixed in and sometimes a few Catfish and an occasional Bass. This past week we did have one day where we put a smack down on the White Bass , but the next day they were once again scattered. Some days I have spent a little time specifically trying for Catfish, and have been able to get a few bites that produced a few nice Blue Cats and a few Channels. I personally have not been able to find a whole lot of bites from them in any one area. Our efforts for all of these species have been concentrated along the river channel ledges and underwater islands. The White