My brother and I fished Barren today. It was a little tougher than the last time I was down there. Seems like the fish are scattered and not in a tight school actively feeding. The lake is now summer pool or pretty close and they are not pulling the lake like they were. Water temps were mid to upper 80's and the lake was pretty clear. We caught around 20 or so today with our best five around 12 lbs. Early we caught schooling fish with senkos and jerkbaits but they were not the right size. Then we started fishing offshore and our size went up. Seemed like most of the active fish were in 12-15 feet of water. We did graph quite a few fish deeper but could not get them to bite. When we went offshore we caught fish on deep cranks, carolina rigs and one on a strike king spoon. The biggest fish was around 3 1/2 and it was caught on a strike king 6xd in chartreuse sexy shad. Not a bad day on the water the breeze kept it from being a scorcher.
We put in at the state ramp and fish points if I were you. We were catching fish in the 12-15 foot range but our boat was setting in 30. Also I would fish the points very thoroughly. It may take a while to get a bite but when you do you usually catch multiples. Also on your carolina rig throw a 5 inch finesse worm. These fish have really been pressured and have seen bigger baits on the rig. It kinda thru em for a loop today.
We fished there yesterday, Sun 19th, put in at Walnut caught 2 good keepers and several in slot, fish were on points and mains lake pockets, no current at all moving, cept for the wind, fishing was a little slow and had to downsize baits to get bit, saw plenty of baitfish and big schools of shad but noting busting them down that way, still was a good day fishing.