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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/01/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.65  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.65  Surface Temperature - 83
For the second time in the past month the lakes have experienced a rapid rise in levels.  The lakes rose about 1.5 ft over summer pool early this week as runoff from heavy rains upriver entered the lakes.  The lakes are being drawn down now and should reach near summer pool levels by the weekend.  Ky Dam is spilling as over 100,000 cf per second is going thru the gates.  There is some wood debris present in both lakes due to the drawdown.
The Largemouth Bass have been a little slow over the past two days since the water started dropping.  The Largemouth are being taken on the main lake and deeper bay humps and ledges with deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms, creature baits, fry baits, and tubes, Texas rigged large worms, and jignpig.  

Largemouth are also being taken in the bays as they are feeding on large schools of baitfish along creek channel banks and on shallow flats.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures (early and late),  medium and shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig. 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake humps and ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, deep running crankbaits, and jignpig.  The Smallmouth fishing has been slow the past couple of days also.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in lemon shad, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black, white, and chartruese, Rapala DT16 and DT10 in blue/chartruese and hot mustard, Zoom monster worms in plum and junebug, Zoom centipede in watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple, watermelon/red, and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple/chartruese, and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer and black/blue.
The White Bass have been very active with the current being generated.  These fish are being taken in the jumps by casting inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools.  Reports of larger fish are being taken by vertically jigging these lures along the ledges and by trolling these lures behind deep running crankbaits.
The Bluegill are very active, especially around may fly hatches early in the morning.  These fish are being taken by fishing lures and worms under bobbers near the hatches and also around docks.
The weekend promises to be a busy one on the lakes.  Please be courteous to your fellow boaters and please be aware of the traffic around you and drive defensively.  

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