Kentucky lake levels this week will remain at summer pool, 359 ft. Flow rates have slowed up this past weekend, with flow rates less than 20,000 cfs through Monday. Flow rates are predicted to ramp up this week to around 40,000 cfs. Water temps continue to rise, with current surface temps now at 85 degrees. With the predicted cold front this Monday night, expect water temps to stabilize. Both the duck and buffalo rivers have fallen back to normal levels.
Mayflies have made their appearance this past week, drawing many fish to the river banks to feed on the bounty. Blue gill and other sunfish have been all along the banks where the mayflies have been, as well as many other fish like bass and catfish, which are feeding on the smaller bluegill. Some of the shad from this years spawn have started to move out to the river, and the bass have followed. The ledge bite has picked up, but still seem to be a ‘hit or miss’ pattern. The shallow water bite seems to still be more consistent. Crappie are still being taken in the mid to deep ranges, with some good sized fish coming from 18-20 ft ranges on the river out from the big bays. Catfish are still being taken by anglers fishing shallow water in the backs of bays, as well as around the mayfly hatches, especially early in the morning.