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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/08/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.01  Surface Temperature - 78

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.15  Surface Temperature - 78
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  We have had some nice weather this week and the forecast is for a continuation of summer like weather with daytime highs in the mid to high 80's with chances of afternoon thunderstorms over the next week.  

Signs of summer are all around us with the mayfly hatches having gotten started this week and the beach at Ky Dam State Park loaded with people taking in the sun and enjoying the water.  The FLW Stren Series is here on Ky Lake this week and some good catches of bass are being brought in by the ledge anglers.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake humps and ledges as well as those in and around the mouths of the bays.  These deep water fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms, Texas rigged large worms, Shakey head worms,  slow rolled spinnerbaits and jigs. 

Some Largemouth are being taken early and late in the day in shallow water near vegetation on topwater lures as they are feeding on schools of fry.  Some Largemouth are also being taken on secondary creek channel banks and secondary points on medium running crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs as they are feeding on the fry.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth Bass are being taken on deep rocky main lake points and river channel ledges on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigged tubes and creature baits and curly tail grubs.  The night bite on Smallmouth is getting underway with some good catches being reported using spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs on rocky points on the east side of Ky Lake.  
 
Some of the more productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl shad, Zoom horney toads in green pumpkin swirl and watermelon/red swirl, Rapala DT 16 and 14's in parrot and bluegill, Norman DD22 in parrot, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Zoom monster worms in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Net Baits Paca Craw in green pumpkin and summer craw and D&L jigs in cumberland craw.
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are active and being taken along the river ledges by vertically fishing with small spoons and inline spinners.  Some good catches are being reported.  
 
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are being taken along rocky creek channel banks and around docks fishing with crickets and minnows under bobbers.  Keep an eye out for early morning and late evening mayfly hatches along the shorelines for some fast action on these fun panfish.
 
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken on bottom rigs along the old creek channels using shrimp, leeches and nightcrawlers.  Good catches are coming in this week.

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Fishing at Sunset
Photo by Sherry Bailey

So many childhood memories have been made on the banks of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. These boys are determined to fish until the sun goes down.