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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/08/2017

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Kentucky Dam - 360.17  Surface Temperature - 78
Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 360.25  Surface Temperature - 78
Both lakes are one foot over summer pool.  Kentucky Dam was generating at an average rate of 62,000 cfs this afternoon.  Barkley Dam was generating at an average rate of 40,000 cfs this afternoon. 
Current Conditions:  We started off the week with numerous thunderstorms and heavy rains on Monday but the post frontal weather the past few days has been nice.  The rains here and up river has caused the lakes to rise to present levels.  The bass fishing has been good this week on the ledges with good numbers of fish taken.  We also took fish back shallow and on transition banks and points in the creeks and bays but the ledge fishing was the prime pattern for us. 

Slower techniques ie...Carolina rigged creature baits and worms, Texas rigged worms and dragging football head produced best for us this week in both numbers and size on both lakes.  A good example of the ledge bite being on is the results of the first day of the FLW Costa Series today.  There were 23 five fish limits over 20lbs weighed today.  For you panfish anglers, I saw the first mayfly hatches this week on the north end of Kentucky Lake.  Panfish were feeding voraciously on these hatches.  
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 84/night time low of 60 with wind WSW at 4.  Saturday's forecast is calling for a high of 87/night time low of 65 with wind S at 8.  Sunday is looking good also with a high of 90/night time low of 69 with wind S at 10.  The forecast through mid week is calling for high's in the low 90's, night time low's in the 70's with an increasing chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms each day. 
Largemouth Bass: 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. 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 in the creeks and bays on crank baits, chatter baits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and shaky heads. 
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 splash baits in white, Bandit crank baits in rootbeer/chartreuse, Rapala DT 6 and DT 10 in bluegill,  Strike King XD 6 and XD 10 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, Slong's spinner baits in white/chartreuse, Chatter baits in white/chartreuse, Charmer and Zoom large worms in plum and watermelon/red 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. Bluegills are also being taken around mayfly hatches near overhanging trees early and late in the day on crickets and wax worms fished under bobbers.
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.