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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/17/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.32  Surface Temperature - 81

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 81
Weather here in the lakes area this week has been more like mid summer than late spring.  Temperatures in the 90's with high humidity and afternoon thunderstorms has been the daily norm this week and the forecast for the next week is more of the same.  The lakes were pulled down almost 2.5 ft over the past few days and should be near or at summer pools levels once again tomorrow.  
The Largemouth Bass fishing slowed somewhat the past couple of days with the rapid drop in water but this should settle down tomorrow or the next day as the fish reposition.  Largemouth are being taken early and late in day on topwater lures near vegetation and wood cover in shallow water.  

Some fish are being taken on secondary points in the bays on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  Most of the fish are being taken on the ledges and humps in the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, lizards, creature baits, tubes and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake humps and ledges as well as deep main lake points.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits as well as jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon shad, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Rapala DT 16 and DT 10 crankbaits in bluegill, blue/chartruese, and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in olive and blue/chartruese, Zoom monster worms in red shad, junebug, and plum, Hook Some Bass brush hounds and baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, watermelon/purple, and junebug, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer and green pumpkin.
The White Bass are active near the mouths of the bays and also on the main lake river channel ledges.  Some jumps are being reported but I have not seen any that are lasting more than a few seconds as of yet.  These fish can be taken by casting small inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools as well as by trolling these lures on a leader behind a deep running crankbait.  
The Bluegill are very active early in the morning near mayfly hatches and also around docks anytime.  These fish are being taken with crickets and worms fished under bobbers.
Catfish are being taken near the main river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and large minnows.  

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