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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/14/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.38  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.20  Surface Temperature - 80
Both lakes are nearing one foot under summer pool.  Heavy rains and high winds began the week here in the lakes area which kept me and most other anglers off the water on Monday and Tuesday.  The TVA pulled a lot of water while the rains from Hurricane Dennis were in the area and thus the lakes not only did not rise but the lake levels actually went down by a foot which is the normal drawdown for July.  

With the lakes nearing normal levels now I would not expect nor does the TVA website project the good current most of us were expecting after the passage of the storms.  I would expect we will continue to see some short periods of current being pulled with long periods of dead water in between.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and at the mouths of the deeper bays especially during periods of current generation.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged worms, lizards, creature baits and tubes as well as by slack lining jigs and Florida rigged large worms.  There are a number of Largmouth being taken in the bays especially early and late in the day as they are feeding on schools of fry on secondary points and in shallow water near vegetation and wood cover.  These early and late in the day feeders are being taken on topwater lures, medium and shallow running crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.
The Smallmouth Bass can be taken on main river ledges during periods of current generation on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes and by slack lining jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on rocky creek channel banks and main lake points on jigs and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  The best Smallmouth fishing is at night on rocky main lake points and secondary points in the deeper bays.  These night time fighters are being taken on dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill, Zoom moster worms in plum, Zoom lizards in kudzu, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Zoom brush hawgs in watermelon candy, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw and Booyah spinnerbaits in black/purple (night smallmouth).
The White Bass are very active and good catches are being reported by folks fishing along the main river ledges off the flats by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons.  These lures are also being trolled behind deep running crankbaits along the ledges.  There are a good number of White Bass jumps being reported but they are of short duration.
The Bluegill are being taken around shady docks and along deep creek channel banks during the day.  Bluegill are also being taken early in the morning and late in the day near mayfly hatches.  These fish are being taken by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channels on bottom bouncing rigs using shrimp, leeches, and yellowtail.

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