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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/23/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.88    Surface Temperature - 82

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.99    Surface Temperature - 82
 
Both lakes are at summer pool levels with little fluctuation.  Hot and humid has the been the weather scenario the past few days and the forecast for the weekend is more of the same.  Summer fishing patterns are the rule now.  There is a lot of pleasure boat traffic on the lakes now, especially on the weekend so be sure to drive defensively and be courteous to your fellow boaters.  
 
The Largemouth Bass are being taken primarily on the humps and ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged worms, creature baits and tubes, and by slack lining large Texas rigged worms and jigs.  

There are fish also being taken around docks and around wood cover on the flats in the bays as these fish are feeding on schools of fry.  These shallow water fish are being taken on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits and tubes, and jigs.  There is some topwater bite being reported early in the morning and late in the day around grassy secondary points in the bays and around wood cover on the flats.
 
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake points and on river ledges by Carolina rigging with tubes and small creature baits and on jigs.  There are good reports of night time fishing for Smallmouth on Ky Lake with dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jigs.  These fish are being taken on shallow rocky primary and secondary points.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Rapala DT 16 in bluegill, Bandit crankbaits in white, Baby Huey worms in green pumpkin and motor oil, Zoom monster worms in plum and junebug, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue and rootbeer, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, watermelon/red and rootbeer, Net Baits paca craw in green pumpkin and alabama craw, and Innovations smallie sweet beaver in green pumpkin and watermelon/red.
 
The White Bass are very active along the river channel ledges near the flats.  These fish are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons fished vertically and also by trolling these lures behind deep running crankbaits.
 
The Bluegill are being taken around docks and on deep creek channel banks by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers.  There are also some good number of bluegills being taken early in the morning and late in the day around mayfly hatches on both lakes.  These hatches can readily be found near willow trees.
 
The Catfish are being taken on leeches, shrimp, and yellowtail fished near the river channel ledges on bottom rigs.  

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Colorful Bridge
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

In the back of Hematite Lake in LBL are a series of boardwalks and bridges. In autumn, spectacular colors of foliage are scattered throughout, as seen here on this "colorful" bridge.