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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/21/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.15  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.25  Surface Temperature - 85
The lakes are about one foot under summer pool.  We have had current generated on and off this week and when it is being generated the main lake fishing has been good.  We have had heat advisories here in the lakes area for the past two days and these advisories are continued into the upcoming weekend.  The heat index when I got off the lake today at 2:00 was reported to be 108 in Paducah...I am sure it was a little higher here on the lakes.  If you are going out to fish during the day you need to make sure you take plenty of cold water to rehydrate yourself often.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, tubes and worms as well as on deep diving crankbaits and by slack lining jigs.  These deep fish are best when there is current present.  I have received a number of reports of a good Largemouth bite early in the morning and late in the evening on main lake points and secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main river ledges during the day when current is present on Carolina rigged creature baits and by slack lining jigs.  The better bite on the Smallmouth is at night.  These summertime night feeders are being taken on rocky main lake points and secondary points in the bays on the east side of Ky Lake.  These fish are being taken on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.
Some of productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Bandit crankbaits in blue/chartruese, Norman DD 22 in white and firetiger, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple and rootbeer, Net Baits Paca Craw in green pumpkin and summer craw, Zoom monster worms in plum and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
The White Bass are very active and are being taken in the jumps on the main lake flats and along the main lake ledges.  The fish in the jumps are being taken on inline spinners and small spoons cast into the feeding fish.  The fish along the ledges are being taken by vertically jigging inline spinners, curly tail jigs and small spoons.  
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channels on shrimp, leeches, and yellowtails fished on bottom bouncing rigs.
The Bluegill are being taken around deep water docks and along rocky creek channel banks by fishing with worms and crickets under small bobbers.  

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Photo by Cliff Grizzard

Karson takes advantage of the last few minutes of daylight by paddleboarding on Kentucky Lake.