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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/04/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.26  Surface Temperature - 68

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature - 68
Both lakes are a few inches above summer pool.  This has been a week of heavy rains, thunderstorms and great Largemouth Bass fishing.  A low pressure area has been sitting to the northwest of the lakes area all week and spawning low pressure cells which have caused the heavy rains but also the moving barometer really turned the Largemouth Bass into a feeding frenzy.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on post spawn, prespawn and spawning patterns so you can just about take your choice of patterns and techniques.  The post spawn bass are being taken on ledges and humps in the bays as well as on secondary creek channel banks and secondary points near the spawning areas.  

These fish are being taken on Carolina rigs, crankbaits and jignpig.  There are still a good number of prespawn bass and these fish are being taken in the flowers and forward edges of the buck brush in shallow water as well as on the last secondary creek channel points leading to the spawning grounds.  

The shallow fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged lizards, creature baits and tubes, floating worms and jignpig.  The spawning bass are being taken in the brush by flipping jignpig, tubes and creature baits.  So take your pick folks...this myriad of patterns should hold up for another week or so.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on chunk rock main lake points and banks on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  The Smallmouth Bass are loving this nasty weather and the bite has been better this week from the reports I have received than it has in a month.  Although big numbers of fish have not been reported, I have received reports of some nice fish being taken.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz by various manufacturers including Hook Some Bass, Rapala DT  series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill,  Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and blue/chartruese, Zoom lizards in watermelon/red and green pumpkin,  Sensations Sweet Beaver in watermelon/green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hogs in green pumpkin, crawdad (new), and watermelon/red, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple, green pumpkin and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and Strike King bitsy flip jigs in green pumpkin and green pumpkin/craw.
The Crappie are on post spawn patterns and are being taken along the old creek channels in the bays and on the main lake over deep brush piles.  These fish are being taken by spider rigging small minnows and tubes.
The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are bedding in the bays in shallow water near vegetation and also around some docks with wood cover.  These fish are being taken with crickets and worms fished under bobbers and on small split shot rigs.
The Channel Catfish are shallow in the bays and on the main lake around rocky areas.  Good numbers of Channel Cats are being taken right now by fishing with nightcrawlers, leeches and shrimp fished under bobbers.

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Remarkable Sunset
Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

This is one of my favorite photographs of a Kentucky Lake sunset taken from the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake near Fenton.