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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/11/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.35   Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.35  Surface Temperature - 87
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool with very little fluctuation.  The high humidity added to the high daytime temperatures has brought the daily heat indexes back well over 100 degrees again.  These high heat indexes are forecasted through the weekend with a slight break at the beginning of next week.  The pattern for the current being generated this past week (when there has been enough water pulled for current) has been from early afternoon through early evening.  During periods when the current is being pulled the fishing has been pretty good but slow when not as far as the fish on the main lake goes.  The night Smallmouth bite has been sporadic on N. Ky Lake this past week with some good nights and some very slow nights being reported.  I believe it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time for these night biters right now.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake humps and ledges as well as on some humps and ledges near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These deeper fish on the main lake are best when there is flowing current and slow when it isn't. These ledge fish can be taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and sinking worms as well as slack lined jigs and spoons.  There has been some good reports of Largemouth being taken in the bays early and late in day on primary and secondary points as well as back on the flats.  These fish are feeding on schools of the spring hatch baitfish that are in the bays.  These actively feeding fish are being taken on topwater lures, medium and shallow running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and sinking worms as well as slack lined jigs.  Most folks are fishing for Smallmouth at night right now and as I mentioned above I am getting reports of mixed results.  These fish are reportedly being taken 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, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in chartruese, Rapala DT 10 crankbaits in parrot and grey shad, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and watermelon/purple, Yamamoto sinking worms in black/blue, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon candy, Net Baits paca craw in summer craw and green pumpkin, Lewis Rattletraps in chrome/blue and smokey joe and Hook Some Bass and Booyah jigs in black/blue.  
The White Bass are active on the flats near the main river channel when current is being pulled.  These fish are being taken by fishing with inline spinners and small spoons cast into the feeding schools of fish.  During periods of little or no current these fish are being taken by trolling these same lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the main river ledges.  
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channels on bottom rigs baited with leeches, shrimp, and yellowtail.  
Bluegill can be taken on deep rocky creek channel banks during the day on slip bobber rigs baited with crickets and worms.  Bluegill are also being taken in the backs of the bays around submerged millfoil on these rigs.

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