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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/10/2004

Kentucky Lake:   Water level at Ky Dam - 361.31  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 361.55  Surface Temperature - 79
The runoff from the heavy rains over a week ago continued to flow into the lakes this week.  The Ohio River has been flooding downstream of the lakes so the flow from the lakes was slowed and this caused both lakes to rise rapidly over the past few days to nearly 2.5 ft over summer pool.  Although both lakes are at or near normal clarity, there is some wood and other debris floating because of the rise in the water levels.  The current projection is for the lakes to start dropping sometime tomorrow or tomorrow night.  
The Largemouth Bass fishing slowed considerably this week with the rapid rise in water levels.  This tended to scatter the shallow fish and the lack of current in the lakes has had a negative effect on the deeper bite ie..the ledges and humps.  The ledge fishing was a little better today as some little current was present and this should only get better as the lakes start to be lowered back to summer pool levels.  

Largemouth Bass are being taken shallow near vegetation and wood cover early in the day and late in the evening on buzzbaits, chug and popper baits, as well as some fish being reportedly taken on stick baits.  Some fish were reportedly being taken on secondary points in the bays this week on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and worms. Some fish are being taken out of the stake beds on sunny days with Texas rigged tubes.  The deeper fish on the creek and river channel ledges and humps are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms, creature baits, tubes and jignpig. 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake creek channel and river ledges as well as some of the deeper points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Rapala DT16 crankbaits in bluegill, blue/chartruese, and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in olive and blue/chartruese, Hook Some spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chamelion craw and smoke/purple/chartruese, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple and Zoom monster worms in red shad.
The White Bass bite slowed with the current this week on the main lake but some smaller fish are being taken in the bays as schools of small whites are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken by trolling small in line spinners and small spoons.  The deeper fish on the main lake should be getting better over the next few days as the current picks back up.  The deeper fish can be taken by trolling inline spinners and spoons behind deep diving crankbaits and also by vertically jigging the spinners and spoons along the creek and river channel ledges.
The Bluegill are very active around docks with wood cover and also near Mayfly hatches.  The Mayflies had their first hatch this week and these hatches should become more numerous over the next couple of weeks.  You should check around the shoreline trees for the hatches, especially around the willow trees.  The Bluegill can be taken on crickets and wax worms fished under bobbers.
The Catfish bite slowed also with the lack of current this week but some fish are still being taken on shallow rocky points by fishing nightcrawlers under bobbers.  The deeper fish are being found along the creek channels and these fish are taking cut baits fished on bottom rigs.

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