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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/20/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 358.05  Surface Temperature - 87

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.03  Surface Temperature - 87
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  We have been experiencing some very hot and humid weather here in the lakes area this week with daytime temperatures in the high 90's with heat indexes well over 100 degrees.  The morning water temperatures jumped 3 degrees over the past week with afternoon water temps even higher.  This temperature jump coupled with a lack of current on the lakes has slowed the fishing.  A cold front is supposed to come thru the area sometime tomorrow and the high temperatures for this weekend are supposed to return to a more friendly level in the low to mid 80's.  
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth Bass are being taken on the main lake ledges and the humps and ledges near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These deep water summer fish are being taken on Carolina rigged and Texas rigged large worms and creature baits as well as jigs.  There are still some fish biting shallow in the creeks and bays near wood and vegetation as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish can be taken early and late in the day on topwater lures and on spinnerbaits and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes during the day.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are primarily being taken at night on Ky Lake on primary and secondary points by throwing dark colored spinnerbaits, Texas rigged tubes and jigs.  Even the night bite has slowed some with the heat but should recover over the next few days.  
Some of the productive lures this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon pearl, Yozuri popping lure in chartruese ghost, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Zoom super fluke in white, Zoom horney toad in green pumpkin swirl, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in junebug, watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin, Hoppy and Booyah spinnerbaits in black, black/blue and black/purple (night fishing).  
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken on the main lake old river channel ledges by vertically jigging with small spoons and inline spinners.  I have not seen many jumps this week because of the lack of current on the lakes.  
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken on the main lake old river channels by bottom fishing with leeches, shrimp and yellowtail.  
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are probably the more actively feeding fish as they are being taken around the docks and along shorelines near mayfly hatches.  There have been quite a few large mayfly hatches this week in the late evening just after dark.  

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