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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/03/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.01  Surface Temperature - 79
Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.10  Surface Temperature - 79
 
We had some nasty storms and high winds in the lakes area for the past holiday weekend and the first part of this week but things seem to have calmed down some in the past couple of days.  Both lakes are at summer pool and current is present on both lakes.  Barkley is stained on the main lake but the creeks are only slightly stained or clear.  Kentucky is slightly stained in the river channel but the creeks are clear.  A rise in the water of about 6 inches is predicted by the TVA over the next 48 hours as more water from the heavy rains upriver enters the lakes.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken primarily on the ledges and humps in the larger bays as well as on the main lake.  The road beds on Lake Barkley are also producing some good fish. These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged tubes, creature baits, lizards, and large worms, big spinnerbaits, and jignpig. 

The current being generated by the drawing off of the influx of water from last week's storms is contributing to a good deep water bite.  There is a secondary pattern early in the morning in the bays near vegetation and wood cover on the flats as well as on some secondary points where rock and grass are present.  This pattern is mainly topwater but medium running crankbaits and Texas rigged small plastics are working also.   These shallow fish are feeding on schools of fry.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake ledges and secondary main lake pea gravel points on Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits as well as jignpig.  I have experienced some good smallmouth bites this week during periods of current.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rapala DT16 and DT10 crankbaits in bluegill, black/silver, and blue/chartruese, Norman DD14 and DD22 in rootbeer and blue/chartruese, Lucky Craft Sammy in Lemon Shad, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in chamelion craw, green pumpkin, and smoke/purple/chartruese, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Stan Sloan spinnerbaits in white, Rapala DT6 crankbaits in bluegill, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Zoom monster worms in red shad, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer.  
 
The White Bass are showing up on the main lake flats near the river channels and are being taken on in line spinners such as roostertails by both casting and vertically jigging them.  No jumps of larger fish have been reported but there are lots of small white bass in jumps on the flats in the bays feeding on the schools of fry.  
 
Some Catfish are still being taken on shallow rocky areas of the main lake but many of them are now being taken in the creek channels.  The shallow fish are still being taken on nightcrawlers fished under bobbers and the deeper fish are being taken on bottom rigs rigged with nightcrawlers and cut baits.
 
The Bluegill are being taken in shallow water near vegetation and around docks with wood cover.  These fish are being readily taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.

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