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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/25/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.11  Surface Temperature - 71

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.35  Surface Temperature - 71
 
Both lakes are at summer pool with little fluctuation.  We have been having above average temperatures over the past few days and this trend is forecasted to continue through the next week.  Along with the heat of course chances of thunderstorms are in the forecast every day now so keep an eye on the sky when out on the big lakes for any approaching storms.  

These summer like storms are almost always accompanied by some very bad cloud to ground lightning and being caught out on the open water is no place to be.  With the warm weather it appears we will have some big crowds here over the holiday weekend.  Some of the holiday lake goers are already here and I am sure plenty more will be here over the next day or two.  With the lakes crowded everyone needs to be patient, courteous and above all practice safe defensive driving when on the water. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Largmouth Bass are for the most part now being taken on the primary and secondary creek channel points in the bays and on the creek channel ledges both in the bays and on the main lake.  Some fish are still shallow but mostly these are buck bass still guarding the nests.  

The post spawn fish on the secondary points and creek channel banks in the bays are taking Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, Jigs, crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes, worms and creature baits.  The shallow fish are taking spinnerbaits, topwater lures, Texas rigged creature baits and floating worms.  The ledge fish are taking crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits and slack lined jigs.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake rocky points on crankbaits, jigs and tube jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken on deep river channel ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and slack lined jigs.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white/chartruese and black, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost lemon shad, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill, parrot and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in white and blue glimmer, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and chameleon craw, Strike King bitsy flip jigs in green pumpkin/craw, Net Baits baby paca craw in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/brown and rootbeer and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.
 
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  The Bluegille and Shellcrackers are bedding and are being taken in shallow water in the bays by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers in 1-4 ft of water.   Some good catches are being taken.
 
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are being taken in shallow water around rocky bottom areas by fishing with shrimp, leeches and nightcrawlers under bobbers.  

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