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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/01/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 359.28  Surface Temperature - 76
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 76
Both lakes are at summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 63,500 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 34,500 cfs this afternoon.

Current Conditions:  The past few days we have had flat water and the forecast for the weekend indicates this will continue with light winds.  We have had some good days this week on the ledges with only one day that I would classify as a slow bite but some fish can still be taken even on a slow bite day. There are still post spawn fish coming out in the creeks and bays.  We had two mornings this week with multiple limits on post spawn creek channel points before going to the ledges later in the morning.  There are also some bass still being taken shallow in the creeks and bays where males are guarding nests.  We are still seeing a number of smaller schools of bass on the ledges holding around the bottoms of the ledges so make sure you are covering all depths on the ledges.  Our best bite on the ledges this week was on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and dragging football head jigs.
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 86/night time low of 64 with a 20% chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms with wind E at 5.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 87/night time low of 67 with wind ESE at 7.  Sunday's forecast shows a high of 87/night time low of 67 with a 50% chance of thunderstorms with wind WSW at 7.  The extended forecast into next mid week is calling for daytime high's in the 80's, night time low's in the 60's with north quadrant winds.
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, 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  and XD 10 in Tennessee shad, sexy shad and chartruese 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, Slong's spinner baits in white/chartruese, Chatter baits in white/chartruese, 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 2-5 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.   Expect the Bluegill bite to increase with a second wave with the full moon approaching late next week.  
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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