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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/16/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.17   Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 82
Both lakes are at or near summer pool after a slight rise from heavy rains over the past weekend.  Water temperatures are in the low 80's in the morning now and the summer bite is in full swing.  In addition to the patterns mentioned below you should be aware that the mayflies are now hatching and early morning and late evening hatches are providing a feeding haven for just about any species in the lake.  Look for these hatches and you can catch a variety of fish on lures and live baits.
The Largemouth Bass are being primarily taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and in the front halves of the deeper bays.  These summer pattern deep fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, large spinnerbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms, creature baits and tubes as well as jignpig.  

There is a secondary pattern in the bays especially early and late in the day.  This pattern is on secondary points and near wood cover in the back halves of the bays as the fish are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, medium and shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and tubes and also jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake rocky points and rocky river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged tubes and small creature baits as well as jignpig.  There is reportedly a good night Smallmouth bite on Ky Lake on shallow rocky points using dark spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in Ghost Lemon Shad and American Shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill and black/silver, Norman DD 22 in blue/chartruese,  Lewis Rattletraps in blue/chrome, Zoom Monster worms in junebug and green pumpkin, Baby Huey worms in green pumpkin and junebug, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white/chartruese, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Booyah jigs in black/brown, Strike King bitsy flip in green pumpkin/craw, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and Net Baits Paca Craw in green pumpkin, watermelon/red, and Alabama Craw.
The White Bass are being taken in good numbers on the flats near river ledges and near the mouths of the bays on inline spinners and by trolling along the ledges with deep running crankbaits with inline spinners and small spoons. 
The Bluegill are being taken around docks and on rocky creek channel banks with worms and crickets fished under bobbers. 
The Channel Catfish are being taken along the creek channels by bottom fishing with leeches, shrimp, and cut baits.  The Blue Cats are being taken along the river channel ledges by bottom fishing with yellowtails.

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