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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/12/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.44  Surface Temperature - 71

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.50  Surface Temperature - 71
Both lakes are about one half foot over summer pool.  The TVA forecast is for the water levels to remain constant over the next few days.  The water temperatures are warming up rapidly with the hot days we have had this week.  There is still a lot of wood floating in Lake Barkley so be careful when running the lake.  
The Largemouth Bass are pretty much either on spawn patterns and post spawn patterns on both lakes although a few late prespawners are still around on Kentucky Lake.  Most of the anglers are flipping the brush for bedding fish this week but some anglers are moving out to the staging points and humps in the bays to now concentrate on post spawn fish.  

The bedding fish are being taken by flipping jignpig, tubes, and creature baits to the bases of the buck brush.  The post spawn fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, crankbaits, and jignpig.  The crankbait bite is heating up over the past week as is the Carolina rig bite.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake points and rocky banks on crankbaits, tubes, and jignpig.  These fish should start hitting some topwater baits early and late in the day on points in the near future.  Stick baits and chug baits normally pay off big when these ferocious fighters start hitting topwater.  
Some of the lures that are reportedly working this past week are:  Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple and rootbeer,  Netbaits Paca Craw in green pumpkin,  Sensations beavers in green pumpkin,  Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green goblin, and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/craw.
The Crappie are moving to deeper haunts now and are being taken near the mouths of the bays over brush piles along old creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with small tubes jigs and minnow/jig combinations.  These fish will be just about done for the spring very soon as they move out to summer haunts on the main lake.
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are shallow now and some bedding has been reported.  These fish are being taken on gravel and sandy bottoms near vegetation on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and by fishing with worms on split shot bottom rigs.
The Catfish bite is in full swing with big catches coming in.  These fish are being taken near rocky bottom flats on leeches, shrimp, and nightcrawlers fished on bottom rigs.  They are also being taken by fishing with nightcrawlers under bobbers.

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These two brothers are playing hide and seek with the photographer in this picture taken in Land Between The Lakes.