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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/08/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.14  Surface Temperature: 65

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.10  Surface Temperature: 66
 
The lakes are stable at summer pool levels.  The weather forecast is for above normal temperatures and sunshine for the next few days.  There are a lot of anglers on the lakes taking advantage of the nice weather and good late spring fishing.  For those of you that follow the professional bass angler trails:  The Wal-Mart FLW tour will be here next week, May 12-15 with many of the top bass anglers in the world competing for $900,000 in total prize monies.  The tournament will launch from Ky Dam Marina each day.  The weigh-ins on Wednesday and Thursday will be at Kentucky Dam Marina and the weigh-ins on Friday and Saturday will be at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Benton.  The FLW Fun Zone will be at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter with lots of displays and entertainment for the entire family.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are on prespawn and spawn patterns with some early spawning bass now on post spawn patterns.  The prespawn bass are being taken on the staging points near the spawning areas as well as in the submerged flowers and buck brush.  These fish are being taken on a variety of lures including crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics, floating worms, sinking worms, and jignpig with some topwater bite also being reported on buzzbaits.  The spawning bass are being taken by sight fishing anglers using jignpig and Florida rigged soft plastics.  The post spawn bass are being taken on Carolina rigged soft plastics and jignpig on secondary creek channel points, creek channel ledges, and humps in the bays.  With all these patterns going there is something for everyone.  Most anglers are fishing for the shallow bass and on good bite days some big numbers of fish are being taken...but like any other time, there are days that due to the weather and water conditions the shallow water bite slows down, when this happens the savvy anglers are moving back out to the deeper patterns to get their fish.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky creek channel points and on main lake pea gravel points on small crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits, and jignpig.  I have already had some reports of  Smallmouth showing up on the main lake ledges and humps too.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Bandit crankbaits in splatterback, Minus 1 crankbaits in white, Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Zoom trick worms in methiolate, bubble gum, and watermelon/red,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white/chartruese, Zoom and Hook Some Bass lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass sinking worms in orange craw and black/blue,  Zoom lizards in pumpkin/chartruese, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, watermelon/purple, and green pumpkin, Zoom brush hogs in black/red, Berkley ribbon tail power worms in motor oil, Hook Some Bass tubes in camillion crawl, watermelon/purple, green pumpkin, and pumpkin/red.  
 
The Crappie are on late spawn and post spawn patterns.  Some late spawning Crappie are still being taken shallow on small jigs and minnows fished under bobbers near wood and vegetation in the backs of the bays.  The post spawn Crappie are being taken over deeper wood cover along the creek channels on minnows and small jigs fished vertically.  
 
The Bluegill and Shell Crackers are shallow and many are starting to spawn.  These fish can be taken by fishing worms under bobbers and by fishing split shot rigs with worms on the beds.  Look for the beds in the small cuts in the bays and in the backs of the bays.  These fish are very active right now and good catches are coming in.  
 
The Channel Catfish are biting very good and are being taken in shallow water especially near rocky bottom areas.  These fish are being taken on leeches, shrimp, and nightcrawlers.  

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