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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/18/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.64  Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.75  Surface Temperature - 67
Both lakes were pulled down slightly over the past day or two.  Ky Lake is about one half foot below summer pool and Lake Barkley is about one quarter foot below summer pool.  Both lakes are forecasted to rise slightly back toward summer pool over the next day or two.  North winds and scattered downpours of rain have been the weather scenario this week but a warm front is supposed to move north over the weekend bringing back more seasonal temperatures.  Scattered and Isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next 10 days so you should keep an eye on the skies while out on the lakes for any sign of impending bad weather.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass continue to be taken on a myriad of patterns from shallow to deep.  I have taken good fish both on the ledges in the bays and on the main lake this week as well as on creek channel banks and secondary points just off the spawning areas and also in and around the shallow brush and flooded over vegetation. 

I am still getting shallow prespawn fish with post spawn fish coming from shallow to deep.  The ledge fish are taking crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The post spawn fish on the creek channel banks and secondary points are taking Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  The shallow prespawn and post spawn fish are taking spinnerbaits, topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and floating worms.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on rocky main lake points especially early and late in the day.  These fish are being taken on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Although no large numbers are being reported, some good fish are being taken.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and white/chartruese, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost lemon shad, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple, Rapala DT series crankbaits in black/silver and parrot, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and crawfish/chartruese,  watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds on watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Bitsy Flip jigs in green pumpkin/craw, Hook Some Bass jigs in rootbeer and green pumpkin and Net Baits baby paca craw in summer craw, watermelon/red, and green pumpkin.
Crappie:  Some Crappie are still being taken on the creek channel ledges near the mouths of the bays and on the main lake by spider rigging with small tubes and small minnows in 12-20 ft of water over brush piles.  
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  The Bluegill and Shellcrackers are spawning and being taken in shallow water from 2-4 ft in cuts and on flats the creeks and bays.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers and on split shot rigs on bottom with worms.
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are being taken around rocky bottom areas as they are spawning.  These fish are coming in large numbers and are being taken on shrimp, leeches and nightcrawlers fished both on bottom and under bobbers.  Lots of jug anglers are taking advantage of the good bite this week.

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We photographed this doe peeking from behind some tall grass near Honker Bay in Land Between The Lakes.