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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/15/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.15  Surface Temperature - 80

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 351.25  Surface Temperature - 80
 
Both lakes are at summer pool.  The bite slowed for bass anglers earlier this week with blue skies, northeast winds and very little current on the lakes but this bite picked up a little today with the wind shifting to the south quadrant and should get better over the next few days.  The forecast is for warm humid days over the next week with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the ledges on the main lake and in the mouths of the bays.  These fish are being taken on deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigged creature baits and worms, large Texas rigged worms and jigs.  There are Largemouth being taken shallow in the bays on the flats near vegetation and wood cover especially early and late in the day.  These shallow fish are feeding on schools of fry and are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, sinking worms, plastic frogs and Texas rigged tubes. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are primarily being taken at night now by fishing chunk rock primary and secondary points on the main lake and front halves of the bays with spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken on the main river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes and jigs.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white and black, Rebel Pop R in black/chrome, Rapala DT 16 and 14 in parrot, Rapala DT 16 in bluegill, Zoom monster worm in junebug and green pumpkin, Baby Huey in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red, watermelon/purple and chameleon craw, D&L jigs in Cumberland craw, Hook Some Bass jigs in black/blue, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw and Booyah spinnerbaits in black/purple and black/red (night bite).  
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are active and are being taken on the main lake river ledges and adjacent flats.  The deeper fish are being taken by vertically jigging with small spoons and vertically fishing with minnows on split shot rigs.  The fish on the flats are being taken by fishing with inline spinners.  
 
Catfish:  Some good catches of catfish are coming off the river channels by using bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches and shrimp.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around docks and in the bays on the flats near wood cover and vegetation.  These fish are being taken on worms and crickets fished under bobbers.  The mayflies are hatching now and the Bluegill are gorging on them when you can find a hatch...look for them near shorelines with overhanging trees.  

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Bald Eagle
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This majestic bald eagle is keeping a close eye on his Kentucky Lake neighborhood. The months of January and February are the best times to catch a glimpse of bald eagles in Land Between The Lakes.