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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/19/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.16   Surface Temperature - 72

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.10  Surface Temperature - 72
Both lakes have been dropped back to near summer pool levels.  We had some cool weather during the first part of the week but things have heated back up again and its shorts and t-shirt weather here in the lakes area.  The bite has been very good on the Largemouth Bass this week with the post spawn feed getting into full swing.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken from shallow to deep on both lakes as there are still some shallow bass around the bedding areas and there are plenty of post spawn bass feeding after having rested up a little since the main spawn.  The post spawn bass are being taken in the bays along creek channel banks and secondary points on both lakes as well as on the humps and ledges near the mouths of the bays.  The bite has been very good this week and hopefully this will continue for another week or so.  The shallow bass are hitting topwater lures early and late in the day, Texas rigged lizards, creature baits and tubes, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.  The deeper post spawn bass are taking crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points as well as some are being taken on the main lake ledges.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in black and white, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and craw, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese and craw/chartruese, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome,  Zoom lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Strike King bitsy bug in watermelon/craw, Net baits Paca Craw in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin, and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green goblin.
Some catches of Crappie are still being reported with most reports indicating that the fish are being taken near the mouths of the bays over deep brush along the creek channel ledges by vertically fishing with minnows.  I must say that some folks may be missing out on some shallow Crappie as this week we have caught quite a few Black Crappie on bass crankbaits on secondary points with grass on them...these fish must be feeding pretty good on these points as we have had Crappie catches everyday this week on these areas.
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are bedding now and some good catches are being reported.  These fish are being taken on crickets and worms fished in shallow bedding areas near vegetation and buck brush.  They can be taken fishing these baits under bobbers or by fishing bottom with split shot rigs.
The Channel Catfish are biting very good in rocky bottom areas and these fish are being taken on leeches, nightcrawlers, and cutbaits fished on bottom and under bobbers.  

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