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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/25/2005

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.52  Surface Temperature: 88

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.50
Both lakes are 2.5 ft below summer pool.  The  weekend weather outlook is not bad with highs in the upper 80's to low 90's with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.  We are still in late summer fishing patterns with the better bite being early in the morning and late in the evening and during periods when current is being drawn during the day.  
The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and at the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits and jigs.  There is a good bite in many of the bays early and late in day on secondary points and on the flats near vegatation.  These fish are taking topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken of deep river ledges during the day when current is present but the fishing has been a little slow for these fish.  The fish that are being taken during the day are best early in the morning and late in the evening.  These early and late feeding Smallmouth are being taken on main lake points and secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, tube jigs and jignpig.  The night bite for Smallmouth continues to be sporadic with some good bite nights and some very slow nights on Kentucky Lake.
Some of the productive lures for this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Zoom horney toads in green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Rebel Pop R in shad patterns, Rapala DT 10 in grey pearl shiner, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer,  Zoom brush hogs in watermelon candy, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue.  
The White Bass are still active along the river ledges.  These fish are being taken by vertically fishing with small spoons and inline spinners.  I have seen very few jumps this past week.  
There are reports of Crappie being taken  on the main lake along the creek channels near the mouths of the bays by spider rigging with small minnows.  
The Bluegill are being taken on the flats in the bays near vegetation on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.  Some big bluegill are back there shallow as I have been catching some on bass lures.  

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