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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 06/29/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water level at Ky Dam - 359.02  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water level at Barkley Dam - 359. 10  Surface Temperature -84
Both lakes are at summer pool with little fluctuation.  There has been little daytime current generated this week and the day ledge fishing has been sporadic.  The forecast for the holiday weekend is for hot and humid days so remember to take plenty of cold water or Gatorade out on the lake with you.  The lakes will be crowded over the holiday weekend so be patient, be courteous and above all be careful. 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake river and creek channel ledges on Carolina rigged large worms and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  Largemouth are also being taken in shallow water in the creeks and bays near wood cover by fishing with topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigged tubes and creature baits.  These shallow fish are feeding on large schools of fry.
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are slow during the day but some fish are being taken on deep river ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes.  The night fishing for Smallmouth has been reported to be the best bite with fish being taken on Ky Lake on shallow main lake points and secondary points in the bays on spinnerbaits, jigs and tube jigs.
Some of the productive bass lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Yozuri popping baits in chartruese, Rattletraps in chrome/blue, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer and white, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/purple, watermelon seed, and watermelon/red and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin.
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the river ledges by vertically fishing with minnows on split shot rigs, inline spinners and small jigging spoons.  The lack of current has slowed any jump fishing this week.
Catfish:  The Channel catfish are being taken on the old river and creek channels by fishing bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and cut baits.
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are being taken around docks and mayfly hatches early and late in the day by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.  Some Bluegill are also being taken on deep rocky creek channel banks by fishing with the same baits.

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Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.