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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/20/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.30  Surface Temperature - 73

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.45  Surface Temperature - 73
The lakes are on a slow drawdown after the rise experienced from last week's heavy rains.  Both lakes should be near summer pool again within the next few days.  Kentucky Lake is clear and Lake Barkley is slightly stained.  Fishing conditions are good.
The Largemouth Bass are still being taken on a myriad of patterns.  There are still some late spawners on a late prespawn pattern, some fish on spawn patterns and more and more fish showing up on post spawn patterns.  The late spawners and spawners are being taken shallow around vegetation and buck brush with topwater lures, Texas rigged tubes, creature baits, and lizards as well as sinking worms,  spinnerbaits and jignpig.  The post spawn fish are being taken on secondary points, humps, and ledges.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged lizards, worms, creature baits and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake deep points, humps, and ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits, crankbaits, and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Lucky Craft Sammy in American Shad and Lemon Shad, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Berkley power worms in motor oil and red shad, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer.  
The Crappie have moved to deeper water and some are still being taken by fishing in 12-20 ft of water on old creek channel ledges over brushpiles by vertically fishing with small minnows.  
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are biting very good in shallow water near vegetation and wood cover.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers as well as on split shot rigs using worms slowly reeled over the beds.
The Channel Catfish are biting very good on shallow rocky banks by fishing nightcrawlers and leaches tipped with shrimp under bobbers  in 4-6 ft of water as well as by fishing with bottom rigs.  

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Big Bass
Photo by Brandon Hunter

Nathan Long holds up two nice bass while fishing with guide Brandon Hunter recently on Kentucky Lake.