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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/15/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.01  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.45  Surface Temperature - 86
 
Both lakes have been drawn back down to summer pool levels. Expect the slow draw down to winter pool to begin any day now.  Normally the lakes are dropped about one foot a month beginning in July.  The dog days of summer are here with afternoon heat indexes  around 100 on most days.  Make sure you take plenty of water with you and keep an eye on the sky to the west in the afternoon for pop up thunderstorms.  
 
The Largemouth Bass fishing has improved somewhat over last week's reported slow bite.  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges and humps in the larger bays and on the main lakes.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, lizards, and tubes, Texas rigged large worms, and jignpig.  Some anglers are fishing at night now using dark spinnerbaits in addition to the lures mentioned above with some fair results.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake ledges and humps on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits and jignpig.  I have received a few reports of fish being taken at night on dark spinnerbaits on shallow points on the LBL side of Ky Lake.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Norman DD14 crankbait in rootbeer and white, Rapala DT 16 in blue/chartruese, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in rootbeer and watermelon/purple, Zoom monster worms in plum,  Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in black/purple and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.  
 
The White Bass are being taken along the main river channel ledges by vertical jigging and trolling inline spinners and small spoons. The surface activity seems to have slowed with the cut back on the current but some early morning and late evening activity is being reported.
 
The Bluegill are being taken along deep rocky banks and especially those that are still experiencing mayfly hatches.  These fish are being taken by fishing crickets and worms under slip rig bobbers.

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Water Break
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This young buck has taken a quick break for a drink. Deer are one of the more common types of wildlife that can be seen in this region.