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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/05/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.51  Surface Temperature - 62

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.60  Surface Temperature - 62
 
Both lakes are one half foot over summer pool.  Although the morning water temperatures rose to the high 60's late last week we have had some cold nights and cool days here in the lakes area this past week and the water temperatures dropped back to near 60 degrees.  The water temperatures started recovering today and morning surface temperatures should rebound by the end of the coming weekend.  

The bite has been somewhat slow early in the morning this week but picked up later in the morning as the water temperatures rose.  Overall the bite has been good this week for the Largemouth Bass with the exception that today's bite was a little slow due to blue skies and cool northeast winds.  The bite should recover over the next day or two with a warming trend into the 80's predicted by Saturday.
 
Most of the Largemouth Bass are being taken shallow in and around the buck brush and mustard flowers.  These fish are being taken on Texas rigged creature baits and lizards, and spinnerbaits.  There are still fish staging on secondary creek channel points near the spawning areas.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and lizards, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are on post spawn patterns and are being taken on the front secondary points in the bays and on main lake points.  These fish are being taken on Texas rigged tubes, jignpig, and curly tail grubs.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lee Sisson Slim Willie D crankbaits in sunshine craw, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and chartruese/white,  Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Sensations sweet beaver in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, and Strike King bitsy bug in green pumpkin/craw.  
 
The Crappie are mostly now being taken over brush along the creek channel drops in the bays by fishing vertically with minnows and small tubes in 8 -12 ft of water.  Some Crappie are still being taken near shallow brush early and late in the day by fishing with minnows and small tube jigs under bobbers.
 
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are moving shallow in numbers now and are being taken near flooded vegetation on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs with worms fished on bottom.  
 
The Channel Catfish are moving shallow around rocky bottom areas and are being taken on nightcrawlers and cut baits fished on bottom and nightcrawlers fished under bobbers.  

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Fallow Deer
Photo by Murray Blake

There are only a few small herds of fallow deer in Land Between The Lakes, but occasionally a lucky explorer will catch a glimpse of one.