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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/05/2004

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.93  Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.10  Surface Temperature - 81
The lakes are one foot below summer pool and stable.  The lakes should be slowly dropped another foot this month so monitor the TVA website for projected discharge rates to capitalize on the peak current days for the best bite.  Lack of current during the daytime and high heat indexes made the daytime fishing slow and uncomfortable this past week.  Lower temperatures and lower humidity are in the forecast for the next few days with the cold front passage we are experiencing today.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and in the larger bays.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged lizards, worms, creature baits, and tubes and jignpig.  Some fish are being taken shallow in the bays early and late as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are taking topwater lures, medium running crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged tubes.  The Largemouth bite has been slow during the day but good at night.
The Smallmouth Bass are slow during the day on main lake points, humps, and ledges.  The fish that are being taken are reportedly being caught on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  The night time Smallmouth fishing is good on the LBL side of Ky Lake.  The night time Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays on dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig. 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in american shad and lemon shad, chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black and white, Norman DD22 in blue/chartruese, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in black/blue and blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and Hook Some Bass jigs in black and black/blue.  
The White Bass have been slow this week with the lack of current.  The most productive pattern has been trolling with small spoons and inline spinners behind a deep diving crankbait near river channel ledges.  I have received no reports of any jumps.
The Catfish are being taken near the river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits, shrimp, and leeches.  The better bite has been reported at night.

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