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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/29/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 357.97   Surface Temperature - 83

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 358.05  Surface Temperature - 82
 
The lakes are on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  Normally the water is drawn down one foot per month from July thru November.  The lakes are currently one foot below summer pool.  The fishing has been somewhat slow this week with post frontal conditions prevailing.  We had near record low temperatures earlier this week and the lake temperatures dropped about 3 degrees and little current has been generated this past week. 
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake points, humps, and ledges on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms, creature baits, sinking worms and tubes as well as jignpig.  There are some shallow fish in the bays feeding on schools of fry near vegetation and wood cover.  The shallow fish are being taken on top water lures early and late, small spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep main lake points and ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig during the day.  The better bite has been at night on main lake points on the LBL side of Ky Lake using dark spinnerbaits, jignpig, and Carolina rigged tubes.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are: Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white,  Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome,  Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hogs in watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and smoke/purple/chartruese and Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer and black/blue.  
 
The White Bass are being taken along main river ledges by vertically jigging spoons and inline spinners.  Very few jumps were reported this week with the lack of current.  
 
The Catfish are being taken near the river channels on bottom rigs baited with leeches and shrimp.  
 
The Bluegill are active near continuing mayfly hatches early and late as well as around shaded docks. These fish are being taken on crickets and worms under bobbers.

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