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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/01/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.28  Surface Temperature: 76  

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.40  Surface Temperature: 76
 
Both lakes are slightly over summer pool.  We have had a lot of isolated thunderstorms with locally heavy rains the past few days but this trend is forecasted to end after tomorrow giving way to sunny skies for the next week.  The above average air temperatures we have had lately has really brought the water temperatures up rapidly (about 5 degrees over the past week).  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are transitioning to their summer patterns.  Largemouth are being taken on the humps and creek channel ledges in the creeks and bays as well as on the main lake.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits, slow rolled spinnerbaits and jigs.  

There are Largemouth being taken early and late in the day in shallow water near vegatation in the bays feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, soft jerk baits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken during the day on deep rocky main lake points and river channel ledges.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes, jigs and curly tail grubs.  Some reports of Smallmouth now being taken at night on spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs on the east side of Ky Lake.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost lemon shad, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Rapala DT series crankbaits in bluegill, parrot and black/silver, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer and grape, Mister Twister and Zoom monster worms in plum, Zoom monster worms and Berkley Power worms in green pumpkin and junebug, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red, watermelon/purple and chameleon craw, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin and Booyah and Hook Some Bass jigs in green pumpkin and black/blue.  
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along deep creek channel ledges in the bays and on the river ledges on main lakes.  These fish are being taken by vertical jigging spoons and inline spinners.  Some fish are also being taken by trolling small spoons and spinners behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.
 
Bluegill/Redear:  The Bluegill are being taken on rocky creek channel banks by fishing with worms and crickets under bobbers.  Some Redear are still reportedly being taken in shallow water by fishing with worms on split shot rigs in 2-4 ft of water.  
 
Catfish:  The  Channel Catfish are still being taken around shallow rocky areas by fishing with nightcrawlers under bobbers.  Some of the fish have moved to the creek channels and are now being taken on bottom rigs with shrimp, nightcrawlers and leeches. 

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