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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/24/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.12   Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.20  Surface Temperature - 82
The lakes are at or near summer pool levels.  The weather has been nice this week with daytime temperatures in the 80's and only an occasional afternoon thundershower.  The forecast is for more of the same over the next week.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lakes and in the deeper bays on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms, creature baits, large lizards, tubes, flukes, and jignpig as well as Texas rigged large worms. There are also fish being taken shallow early in the morning near grass and around docks on topwater lures and Texas rigged tubes.  The bite on north Ky Lake has been slow this week but Lake Barkley has been good.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake banks and points as well as on main lake humps and ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged tubes and small creature baits as well as jignpig.
I have received a couple of reports of a good night bite on both Largemouth and Smallmouth on Kentucky Lake using black spinnerbaits on shallow points.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in american shad, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in chartruese, white, and black, Rapala DT16 and DT10 crankbaits in blue/chartruese, Zoom monster worms in red shad and plum, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple/chartruese, Zoom flukes in white, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer.
The White Bass are active and I have observed a number of jumps this week both in the bays and on the main lake.  These active fish can be taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools or by trolling the same behind a deep diving crankbait along the main lake ledges.  
The Catfish are being taken near the creek and river channel ledges on bottom rigs using cut baits and large minnows.  
The Bluegill are very active near mayfly hatches and also around deeper docks.  These fish are being taken by fishing a cricket or worm under a bobber.  

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Eagle's Nest
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This bald eagle keeps an eye out for it's mate from their nest high in a tree top in Land Between the Lakes. The average eagle's nest is five feet wide!