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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/13/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.24  Surface Temperature - 74

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.60  Surface Temperature - 74
 
We have experienced some high winds and heavy rains in the lakes area over the past couple of days but it has not been detrimental to the fishing other than making some techniques difficult to use.  A slight rise in the water levels is projected over the next day or so but so far the projection is for just a few more inches of water.  
 
The Largemouth Bass continue to be caught on a variety of patterns including prespawn, spawn, and post spawn.  Anglers are reporting catching fish shallow near flower beds and buck brush on prespawn and spawn patterns using shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, Texas rigged soft plastics, and jignpig.  Many anglers are targeting the post spawn fish on secondary creek channel points and humps and ledges both in the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged soft plastics, and jignpig. I have observed a number of fry already moving off the beds and this is the signal that the topwater bite will be getting better very soon.   The Largemouth fishing is very good right now with some nice fish being taken.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake points, ledges, and humps.  The Smallmouth are being taken in the best numbers yet to be reported this year.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged soft plastics, and jignpig.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Rapala DT 10 and DT 16 in blue/chartruese, Rapala DT6 in bluegill, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom and Hook Some Bass lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in camillian craw and green pumpkin,  Berkley Power worms in motor oil and red shad and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and rootbeer.
 
The Crappie are mostly being taken now over deep brush along the creek channels by vertically fishing with minnows.  Some reports of shallow Crappie are still being mentioned but it appears that most of the Crappie are moving to deeper water.  
 
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are very good right now with some nice catches showing up at the fish cleaning stations.  These fish are being taken off the beds in the bays in shallow cuts and the backs of the bays near vegetation and brush.  These fish can be readily taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers or on split shot rigs baited with worms.  
 
The Catfish are shallow near rocky areas and some nice catches are coming in.  These fish are very active and can be taken by bottom fishing with nightcrawlers and leeches.  

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Peek-a-boo
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.