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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/11/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.04  Surface Temperature - 68

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.95  Surface Temperature - 68
Both lakes are at summer pool.  We have had a lot of heavy rains in the lakes area over the past few days but the lakes have actually fallen about one half foot due to water being pulled through the dams.  A very slight rise in the water is currently forecasted over the next day or two by the TVA.  A good late spring bite continues on Largemouth Bass, Shellcrackers, Bluegill and Channel Catfish.
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are still being taken on a myriad of patterns in both shallow water and deep water.  There are still some late prespawn bass but these fish will probably go on the beds in the next few days with the full moon this week.  There are a good number of bass on the beds and post spawn bass still shallow. 

These shallow fish are being taken around the mustard flowers and buck brush.  Most of the early spawning bass have already moved toward deeper water and are being taken on primary points, secondary creek channel points and banks as well as on humps and ledges in the mouths of the creeks and bays.
The shallow Largemouth are being taken on topwater lures, floating worms, soft jerkbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs, spinnerbaits and jignpig.  The deeper fish are being taken on crankbaits, Texas and Carolina rigged lizards, creature baits and tubes and jignpig.  Good numbers of Largemouth are being caught on both lakes.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on the main lake primary and secondary points and secondary points in the bays on crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, tube jigs and jignpig.  Some good size fish are being taken early and late in the day.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Lucky Craft popping baits in ghost lemon shad, Rapala DT series crankbaits in parrot and bluegill, Bandit crankbaits in crawfish/chartruese and rootbeer/chartruese, Zoom Trick Worms in watermelon/purple, watermelon/candy and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in green pumpkin, watermelon/red, and chameleon craw, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon/craw, Net Baits Baby Paca Craw in green pumpkin, Zoom lizards in watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and Strike King Bitsy Flip jigs in green pumpkin/craw.
Crappie:  Post spawn Crappie are being taken near the mouths of the bays on old creek channels over brush piles in 12-18 ft of water by vetically fishing with small minnows and small tube jigs.  
Bluegill and Shellcrackers:  Bluegill and Shellcrackers are continuing to be taken shallow in the bays by fishing with worms and crickets fished under bobbers and with worms fished on split shot rigs fished on bottom.  
Catfish:  Good numbers of Channel Cats are being taken around shallow rocky areas both in the bays and on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on nightcrawlers, leeches and shrimp fished under bobbers.  

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Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta occasionally dock at Green Turtle Bay. We snapped a photo of the masts of the Pinta last summer.