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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/07/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.11  Surface Temperature - 86

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.80  Surface Temperature - 86
Both lakes are at summer pool levels with little fluctuation.  The weather this week has been hot but at least not as humid as it was last week.  Early morning, late evening fishing is good and daytime bass fishing has been slow with the exception of a few short infrequent periods of current on the lakes in which the fishing was pretty good until the current quit.  

Night time bass fishing is good.  The weekend weather outlook appears to be more of the same stable warm weather we have been having this week.  Next week we could be in for a major change of weather if hurricane Dennis continues on its projected path we will be getting a lot of rain with some storms and wind.  We will just have to wait and see how things develop with the big storm.
Largemouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on secondary points in the bays and on the flats in the bays near vegatation and also wood cover.  These low light feeders are taking topwater lures, Texas rigged tubes, worms and creature baits, and shallow running crankbaits.  

The primary pattern for daytime fishing is on the humps and ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged worms, creature baits and tubes and also by stroking (slack lining) Texas rigged big worms and jigs.  The best bite is when there is current present but little current is being generated during the day right now and when it is it is not last very long.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on deep rocky creek channel banks and main lake points on topwater lures, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.  The daytime fishing for Smallmouth is best on the main river channel ledges using Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  The night time Smallmouth fishing is the best bet right now and these fish are being taken on rocky main lake banks and points on dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.  
The White Bass are being taken on the main lake flats adjacent to the river ledges and on main lake points.  Good numbers of jumps are being reported but they are of short duration.  These fish are being taken on the ledges by vertically fishing inline spinners and small spoons and by trolling these lures behind deep running crankbaits along the ledges.  
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channels on bottom bouncing rigs using shrimp, leeches, and yellowtails.
The Bluegill are being taken early and late in the day near mayfly hatches and around docks.  These fish can be taken on crickets and worms fished under bobbers.  

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