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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/04/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.22  Surface Temperature - 86

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.40  Surface Temperature - 87
Both lakes are about one and one half foot below summer pool and are on a slow drawdown to winter pool.  The lakes should level at two feet below summer pool this month and continue to be drawn down one foot per month until reaching winter pool.  The hot days and high humidity have returned to the lakes area this week with heat advisories out for afternoon heat indexes over 100 for the next few days.  

The ledge bite for bass has been pretty good this week with some current being generated with the drawdown.  The night Smallmouth bite that was somewhat slow last week should improve over the next few days with the new moon.  The early and late bite has been good this past week on bass in the bays as they are feeding on schools of fry from the spring spawns.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake humps and ledges especially during periods of current generation.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and sinking worms as well as slack lined jigs.  There is a good shallow water bite early and late in the day in the bays on secondary points and on the flats near vegetation and wood cover.  These fish are feeding on schools of fry and are taking topwater lures, shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes during the day.  The night time Smallmouth fishing was somewhat slow over the weekend but this should pick up with the new moon this week.  Night time Smallmouth can be taken on main lake primary points and secondary points in the bays on dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost lemon shad, Booyah buzzbaits in white, black, and chartruese, Bandit crankbaits in crawdad/chartruese, Lewis rattletraps in blue/chrome, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy, Hook Some baby brush hounds in green pumpkin and watermelon/purple, Net Baits paca craw in green pumpkin and summer craw, Yamamoto senko in black/blue, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Booyah spinnerbaits in black/purple and black/blue (night fishing) and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.
The White Bass are being taken on main lake flats near the river channel ledges in jumps early and late in the day and along the channel ledges during the day.  The fish in the jumps are being taken by casting inline spinners, small spoons and small crankbaits into the feeding schools.  The fish are being taken on the ledges by vertically fishing with inline spinners and small spoons and also by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.
The Bluegill are being taken around vegetation in the bays and on deep creek channel banks.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished on slip bobber rigs.
The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail.  The better bite has been reported at night.  

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