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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/26/2016

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 360.00  Surface Temperature - 72

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.10  Surface Temperature - 72
 
Both lakes are one foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating an average flow of 35,000 cfs this evening.  Barkley Dam was generating an average flow of 19,200 cfs this evening. 
 
General Conditions:  We have had early summer air temperatures in the 80's this week which raised the water temperatures about 5 degrees to present levels.  We also have had heavy rain and thunderstorms over the past few days, dropping a number of inches of rain here and up the rivers.  This has resulted in the lake levels having risen to present levels of about one foot over summer pool.  The resulting rise in the water temperatures have moved more baitfish and bass to the summer ledges.  There are still a good number of fish on the post spawn banks and points also which have yet to make the transition to the deeper water summer haunts.  There are still some. fish shallow too as some males are still guarding nests from the spawning bluegills.  We targeted both the ledges and the post spawn areas this week with good success.  
 
Expect the lakes to be crowded with the long holiday weekend so please be courteous to other boaters and anglers as well as drive defensively.  Let's make this an accident free holiday weekend!  With the rise in the lake levels boaters should be aware that there may be some floating debris on both lakes.  Boaters need to keep an eye on the sky for the thunderstorms.  The storms we have been having have lots of cloud to ground lightning as well as localized high winds and heavy down pours.  Get to safe port at the first sign of approaching storms.
 
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 82/low of 69 with a 20% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms.  Wind is forecast from the S at 14.  Saturday is showing a high of 83/low of 66 with a 20% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms.  Wind is forecast from the S at 12.  Sunday's forecast is calling for a high of 88/low of 66 with a continued 30% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms with wind from the WSW at 10.  The extended forecast into mid next week is calling for high's in the 80's/ low's in the 60's with post frontal north quadrant winds and continued chances of of rain and thunderstorms each day.  
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth are being taken on the ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on secondary channel points and banks inside the creeks and bays on crankbaits,  Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. 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 the ledges with deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Smallmouth are also 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:  Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 crankbaits in sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 crankbaits in parrot, Bag 5 custom painted deep crankbaits in blue glimmer and green gizzard shad,  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 and Yum dingers in green pumpkin, Charmer timber pups in green pumpkin on Carolina rigs, Charmer 10.5 inch ribbon tail worms in plum on Texas rigs,  Zoom trick worms on whacky rigs in green pumpkin, green pumpkin blue, green pumpkin purple and watermelon purple.
 
Bluegill/Red Ear: These fish are now spawning 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. 
 
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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Hoot
Photo by Susan Eizenga

If you are visiting Land Between The Lakes after dark, you are sure to hear the hoots of one of the many species of owls that can be found in this region.