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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/18/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.88  Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.00  Surface Temperature - 87
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool with little fluctuation.  This has been a week of hot humid days with daily afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the lakes area.  This weather pattern is forecasted to continue through the upcoming weekend.  Be watchful of the skies especially during the afternoon as we have had some very high winds and dangerous lightning around the storm cells as they are moving through the area.  There has been a good early morning and late evening bite in the bays for bass.  

The better ledge fishing has been during the afternoon during periods of current. Most of the current is being pulled between noon and around 6:00 p.m. lately.   The night fishing bite is still sporadic with some nights producing very good numbers of fish and some nights they have been especially tough.
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on main lake ledges and the ledges near the mouths of the deeper bays on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and slack lined jigs.  There is a good secondary pattern in the bays especially early in the day and late in the evening.  Largemouth are being taken on primary and secondary points in the bays as well as on the flats as they are feeding on schools of baitfish.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits and jigs.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits and slack lined jigs.  There are Smallmouth being taken early and late in the day on secondary creek channel points in the deeper bays on Texas rigged tubes and creature baits as well as jigs.  The night time fishing for Smallmouth on Ky Lake has been feast or famine as indicated in the opening paragraph.  These fish are taking dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Booyah buzzbaits in white and chartruese, Rapala DT series crankbaits in grey pearl shiner and parrot, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon/candy and junebug, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Net Baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin and summer craw, Lewis rattetraps in chrome/blue, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue, Booyah and Hoppy spinnerbaits in black/purple and black/blue (night fishing).
The White Bass are active and are being taken on the main lake flats near the river channels and along the river channel ledges.  These fish are being taken by casting small spoons and inline spinners into the feeding schools on the flats and by vertically jigging these lures along the main lake ledges.  
The Catfish are being taken along the main river channels on bottom rigs baited with cut baits and yellowtail.  
The Bluegill are being taken on deep creek channel banks near wood cover and back on the flats in the bays near beds of milfoil by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers.  

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Photo by Murray Blake

This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.