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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/19/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.04  Surface Temperature - 68

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.35  Surface Temperature - 68
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 38,750 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 20,600 cfs this afternoon.
 
General Conditions:  I am not sure if it is April or May with the weather we have had this past week.  The calendar says it is May but the air temperatures and weather patterns indicate we are still in April.  We have been under post frontal conditions from a strong cold front all week, with winds out of the north, temperatures running 10-15 degrees below normal.  The water temperatures have dropped again as you can see.  There has been little if any movement of baitfish and bass to the summer ledges.  The  patterns I mentioned in last week's report are pretty much the same.  We have a few scattered bass on the early ledges, bass on staging/post spawn banks and points and some males in the shallows guarding nests and even a few late females there also.  We are still concentrating most of our efforts on the staging/post spawn banks and points in the creeks and bays.  We are catching fish, but numbers of 4lbs plus fish are still being elusive.  
 
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 71/low of 54 with a 60% chance of rain and wind NE at 7.  Saturday's forecast is showing a high of 76/low of 53 with wind N at 10.  Sunday is calling for a high of 79/low of 55 with wind NNE at 5.  The extended forecast into mid next week is showing a return to more seasonable temperatures with high's in the 80's/ low's in the 60's with south quadrant winds.  
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Bass are also being taken on ledges near the mouths of the creeks and bays. The ledge fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, jigs and Texas rigged worms. Largemouth are also being taken shallow in the coves and backs of the creeks and bays near vegetation on topwater lures, spinner baits, chatter baits, Texas rigged creature baits, whacky rigged worms and jigs.
 
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are being taken on main lake rocky points and banks as well as rocky banks and points in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs, shaky heads and grubs. Although the numbers are low, some nice fish have been taken.
 
PRODUCTIVE LURES: Some of the productive lures this week have been: Slong's spinner baits in white/chartruese, Picasso FX shock blade chatterbait in white and blue glimmer, Zman chatterbaits in white/chartruese, Buzzbaits in white/chartreuse and black, Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Slong’s football jig Cumberland craw, D&L baby advantage jig in Cumberland craw and Oops patterns, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Slong’s shaky head jigs with Charmer shaky head worm in green pumpkin and bama bug as well as Yamamto senkos in green pumpkin, Charmer lizards and timber pups in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue, Zoom super hawg in green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin blue, green pumpkin purple and watermelon purple.
 
CRAPPIE: Crappie are now on post spawn patterns with majority being taken by vertically fishing with jigs and minnow/jig combinations over brush in 10-15 feet of water. There are a few still being taken shallow around vegetation with jigs and minnows under bobbers but these fish are scattered.
 
Bluegill/Red Ear: These fish are now starting to spawn and are being taken shallow with crickets and red worms under bobbers as well as on split shot rigs baited with small creature jigs tipped with worms dragged slowly on bottom. Look for the red ears on gravel points in 3-5 ft of water. The bluegills are being taken in front of the brush on gravel bottoms in 2-4 ft of water.  The bite on these fish slowed with the water temperature drop this week but should recover nicely with the warming period next week.
 
Catfish: Channel catfish are now being taken on rocky points and banks on night crawlers fished both under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Some nice catches of numbers of these fish are now being reported. A number of these catfish are also being taken on the flats just off the shallow spawning areas by anglers while jug fishing with minnows and worms. 

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