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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/09/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 358.80  Surface Temperature - 79

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.00  Surface Temperature - 79
 
Both lakes are at or near summer pool levels and holding steady.  The weather has been hot and humid this past week with scattered thunderstorms in the area.  The forecast for the weekend looks like more of the same type weather.  The winds have been kind this week except for near the storm cells and bass fishing has been good.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are primarily being taken on the main lake humps and along the creek channel ledges on both the main lake and in the deeper bays.  These open water fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged lizards, creature baits and tubes, Texas rigged large worms, and jignpig.  There is an early morning and late evening bite in the bays on secondary points and banks with vegatation as these fish are feeding on fry.  These shallower bank fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken during the day on main lake rocky points and deep rocky banks and points in the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on jignpig and Texas rigged tubes.  There is a good Smallmouth bite being reported at night on the east side of Ky Lake.  These night feeders are taking dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig fished on shallow rocky points on the main lake and in the bays.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost lemon shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Zoom lizards in green pumpkin and cotton candy, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Zoom monster worms in plum and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw, Strike King bitsy flip jigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/craw, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and green pumpkin and Net Baits paca craw in green pumpkin, watermelon/red, and junebug.
 
The White Bass are being taken on the ledges and at the mouths of the bays by fishing vertically with inline spinners and by trolling inline spinners and small spoons behind deep running crankbaits.  A local water enforcement officer told me today that he had seen some very good catches of large white bass being taken by the anglers that were trolling.
 
The Bluegill are being taken around docks with wood cover and along the secondary creek channel banks in the bays.  These fish are being taken by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.
 
The Channel Catfish are still being taken along rocky shorelines and on rocky bottom flats by fishing with nightcrawlers, leeches, and shrimp under bobbers.  A number of Channel Catfish are also being taken along the creek channel ledges fishing with leeches, shrimp and cut baits on bottom rigs.  

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