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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/29/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.37  Surface Temperature - 78

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.50  Surface Temperature - 78
Thunderstorms dropped some heavy rain in the upper Cumberland River over the past couple of days and this may result in a little staining of Lake Barkley into the weekend but otherwise the lakes are fairly stable and fishing conditions are good. 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken in shallow water early in the day on topwater lures fished near vegetation and wood cover.  These fish are feeding on newly hatched fry.  Buzzbaits, chugbaits, and stick baits are all working on these fish.  The primary pattern for the Largemouth Bass is fishing post spawn points as well as  humps and ledges in both the bays and on the main lake. Deep diving crankbaits, large spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged plastics, and jignpig are all reported to be producing the deep water fish.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on humps and ledges near the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged plastics and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black and white,  Rapala DT10 and DT16 in bluegill and blue/chartruese, Norman DD14 in blue/chartruese, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Zoom monster worms in red shad and junebug, Hook Some Bass tubes in chamelion craw and green pumpkin, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer.
The Crappie are slow but a few reports have been received of some fish being taken on the main lake creek old creek channels in 15-20 ft of water by vertically fishing with small jigs tipped with minnows.  
I have seen a number of white bass jumps in the bays on the LBL side of Ky Lake this week but these are small fish.  These jumps are short in duration.  I have noted seeing a number of folks now trolling for white bass around the mouths of the bays and on the main lake but have not had any reports of any significant catches.  
The Catfish bite has slowed down as it appears the spawn is over or nearly so.  Some catches are still being reported near shallow rocky areas but more reports of fish now being taken near the creek channels on bottom rigs are being received.
The lakes are already getting crowded with the holiday weekend traffic...be very careful and practice defensive driving on the water and don't forget to wear your personal floatation device.   

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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.