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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/26/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 358.91  Surface Temperature - 75
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.90  Surface Temperature - 75
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 64,000 cfs this morning.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 49,600 cfs this morning. 
 
Current Conditions:  We still have some bass in the shallow in the spawning areas but most of these fish are buck bass guarding nests but there are a few late spawners there also.  Some bass are also being taken in the creeks and bays on post spawn creek channel banks and points too.  The ledges are loading up more and more each day now so we are focusing most of our fishing on the ledges both around the mouths of the creeks and bays and on the main lake.  We have not seen any large schools of bass on the ledges but we have seen a number of smaller schools of 7-10 fish.  A few fish are being taken on reaction baits, most of the fish are being taken on slower techniques right now.  Most of our ledge fish were taken around the bottoms of the ledges this week.
 
The forecast for the holiday weekend is not the greatest but even so expect a lot of boat traffic on the lakes this weekend.  Please be courteous to your fellow boaters and anglers and keep an eye on the sky for approaching storms.  Some of these storms may be severe so don't take chances.  If you see an approaching storm, find a safe port before it is too late to do so.
 
The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 85/ night time low of 70 with a 50% chance of thunderstorms with wind SW at 9.  Sunday is showing a high of 83/night time low of 62 with a 60% chance of evening thunderstorms with wind WSW at 17.  Monday's forecast is showing a high of 82/night time low of 61 with wind WNW at 8.
 
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth are being taken in the shallows around brush as they are guarding nests with topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jigs. Largemouth are being taken on channel banks and secondary points just outside the spawning areas on crank baits, spinner baits, chatter baits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. Largemouth are being taken on primary points on the main lake as well as on ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on deep diving crank baits, swim baits, spoons, Texas rigged large worms, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.
 
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth are being taken on the main lake points and secondary points in the front halves of the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on jigs, Carolina rigged creature baits and tube jigs. The numbers are low but some nice fish have been taken. Some Smallmouth are also being taken on ledges (same as above) on crank baits, jigs and Carolina rigged creature baits. 
 
Productive Lures: Some of the productive lures reported this week are Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Strike King spash baits in white,  Bandit crank baits in rootbeer/chartruese, Rapala DT 6 and DT 10 in bluegill and sexy shad, Strike King XD 6 in Tennessee shad, sexy shad and chartreuse sexy shad, Rapala DT 16 in parrot, Big Hammer swim baits in sexy smelt and bay smelt, Kitech swim baits in pro blue,  D&L jigs in "oops" and Cumberland craw, Slong's jigs in Cumberland craw, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin, Slong's spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Chatter baits in white/chartreuse, Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum on Texas rigs,  Charmer lizards and timber pups on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue and watermelon/purple.
 
Bluegill/Red Ear: Bluegills and Red Ears are being taken around brush shallow as well as on the spawning flats in the creeks and bays in 3-5 ft of water. Crickets, red worms, wax worms under bobbers and red worms and pinched night crawlers fish on bottom on split shot rig is the ticket for these tasty fish.  Good numbers of fish are being reported.
 
Catfish: Channel catfish are being taken on rocky banks and points as well as rocky bottom flats in the creeks and bays. These fish are being taken on night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs. Some good numbers of these fish are being reported.

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.