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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/02/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.11  Surface Temperature - 75

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.15  Surface Temperature - 75
 
Both lakes are at summer pool levels and stable.  Although we have had quite a bit of rain in the lakes area over the past two days the TVA is not currently forecasting any significant rise in the water levels.  The weekend outlook is for warm days in the mid 80's with a chance of scattered thunderstorms each day.  This is the time of year when a thunderstorm can develop rapidly, especially in the late afternoon so keep an eye out for dark skies especially to the west and south.  
 
More and more Largemouth Bass are showing up on the humps and ledges as the fish are moving toward their summer haunts.  The ledge fishing has been overall pretty good this week.  The fish on the ledges and humps are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged worms, creature baits and tubes and jignpig.  There are still active fish in the bays.  

There is an early morning and late evening bite shallow as bass are feeding on schools of fry on the flats and on back secondary points.  These fish can be taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  There are still some good postspawn bass being taken on creek channel banks and secondary creek channel points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and creature baits and jignpig.  
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main primary and secondary points as well as on the ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and jignpig.  There has been some good reports of catches of Smallmouth at night on the east side of Ky Lake.  These fish are being taken on shallow rocky points on dark colored spinnerbaits and jignpig.  Smallmouth are notorius night feeders during the summertime and this bite will only get better and the weather heats up.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in lemon ghost shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese and craw chartruese, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and chartruese/white, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and black/blue, Strike King bitsy flip in green pumpkin/craw, Net Baits Paca Craw in watermelon/red, green pumpkin, and green pumpkin/pumpkin.  
 
The White Bass are showing up around the ledges at the mouths of the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken by trolling with inline spinners and small spoons behind deep diving crankbaits.
 
The Bluegill are very active in shallow water around vegetation and brush as well as around docks with wood cover.  I am still getting good reports of Red Ears (shellcrackers) being taken near shallow vegatation with gravel bottoms.  These panfish can be taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers and with worms fished on split shot rigs on bottom.
 
The Channel Catfish are still being taken in good numbers around rocky areas on nightcrawlers, leeches, shrimp, and cut baits fished both under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  

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