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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/13/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.24  Surface Temperature - 84

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.45  Surface Temperature - 84
Both lakes are on a slow drawdown and should be at one foot below summer pool by the end of the month.  This week has been a week of daily and nightly thunderstorms and some areas of the lakes received a lot of rain.  The TVA has been pulling some current this week during the afternoon hours.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken primarily on ledges on the main lake and at the mouths of the deeper bays.  These deepwater summer fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits and large worms as well as Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  Some fish are being taken in shallow water near wood cover and vegetation as they are feeding on fry.  

These fish are taking topwater lures early and late in the day and hitting spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms, creature baits and tubes during the day.  We have been catching a number of Largemouth also during our night fishing trips by fishing dark spinnerbaits and tube jigs on primary and secondary points.
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth Bass are being taken during the day on deep river ledges using Carolina rigged creature baits and jigs.  Most of the Smallmouth reports are for the night fishing on Kentucky Lake.  The night time Smallmouth are taking dark colored spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs on primary and secondary points.  Reports on the night Smallmouth fishing have been mixed with some nights being good and some being slow.  These reports pretty much reflect what I have been experiencing also on the night Smallmouth fishing.  
Some of the productive lures over the past week have been:  Yozuri poppers in chartruese/ghost, chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Zoom ol monster worms in junebug and red shad, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass tubes chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Booyah and Hoppy's spinnerbaits in black and black/purple (night fishing) and Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer.  
White Bass:  The White Bass have been active this week especially during the periods of current being pulled.  I have observed a number of large jumps this week around the mouths of the bays and on main lake flats.  Most of the fishing reports indicate that the White Bass are being taken in good numbers along the old river channel ledges by vertically fishing with small spoons and inline spinners.
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on the old creek channel and river channel ledges by fishing with bottom rigs baited with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail.  
Bluegill:  Bluegills are being taken around docks and near shallow wood using worms and crickets under bobbers.  Some good catches have been reported around mayfly hatches early and late in the day.  

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