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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/08/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.43  Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.50  Surface Temperature - 83
Both lakes have current and are on a slow drawdown back to summer pool levels.  There are an abundance of threadfin shad fry in both lakes and this is increasing the White Bass activity but has slowed the Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass fishing.  The Catfish are reported to have slowed and I suspect that this is also a result of the abundance of baitfish right now.  I have observed a lot of big Catfish breaking the surface of the schools of baitfish in the past week.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges and humps in the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are mainly being taken on deep running crankbaits as the fish are relating to the abundant baitfish schools but some fish are still being taken on Carolina rigged worms, lizards, creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig.  

Largemouth Bass are also being taken in the bays on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes as they are feeding on the schools of baitfish.  Some topwater action is being reported early and late in the day using buzzbaits and chug baits near wood cover and vegatation.  Overall the Largmouth Bass fishing has been slow this past week.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points as well as the humps and ledges on the main lakes with deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and jignpig.  The Smallmouth fishing has been somewhat slow also this past week.  
The White Bass are very active along the river channel ledges and also near the mouths of the bays.  Surfacing fish are being taken by casting inline spinners and small spoons into the feeding schools.  Larger fish are being taken by trolling the spinners and spoons behind deep running crankbaits along the ledges.  
The Bluegill are still very actively feeding near mayfly hatches early and late in the day as well as around docks.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.

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