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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/28/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.65   Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.75  Surface Temperature - 87
Both lakes are just under one foot below summer pool and expected remain so for next few days.  A cold front came through the lakes area yesterday and cooled things down finally after all the heat and humidity we have experienced over the past couple of weeks.  Although temperatures will be near 90 this weekend the humidity is supposed to remain low so fishing should be a lot more comfortable for the coming weekend.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day in the bays on secondary points near vegetation and wood cover.  These fish are feeding on schools of fry and are taking some topwater, shallow and medium running crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  During the day Largemouth are being taken on the humps and ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the deeper bays.  The bite is good when there is current running but slow when there is a lack of current.  These deepwater fish are being taken on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits and slack lined jigs. Largemouth are being taken at night on main lake points and secondary points in the bays on spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on rocky main lake points and secondary points in the bays on Texas rigged tubes.  They are being taken during the day on deep river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits.  The night fishing for Smallmouth has not been as good this week as it was earlier in the month but we are still managing to catch some by fishing on rocky main lake points and secondary points in the bays using spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.  Normally the night Smallmouth bite is very good in August so this slight dip in productivity should be short lived.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, craw/chartruese and blue/chartruese, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Hoppy spinnerbaits in black/purple, black/red and black/blue (night lures).
The White Bass are very active and a good number of jumps are being reported on the flats just off the river ledges.  These fish are being taken by vertically jigging inline spinners and spoons on the river ledges and by casting into the surfacing schools.  
The Bluegill are being taken near vegetation early and late in the day near the backs of the flats in the bays as well as around deep docks and along deep rocky creek channel banks during the day.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channels on bottom rigs baited with shrimp and leeches.

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This shy little turtle visited our campsite recently in Land Between The Lakes. There are several different species of turtles that can be seen near Kentucky Lake.