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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 07/27/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 357.95  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 358.00  Surface Temperature - 85
 
Both lakes are one foot below summer pool.  We have scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for the lakes area for the next few days as a tropical disturbance is influencing our weather patterns.  Boaters need to keep and eye on the sky for sudden approaching storms as these storms may be packing some very high winds and being caught in the middle of the lake near one of these cells in no place to be.

Although we are not getting the over 100 heat indexes of last week now we are still getting a lot of high humidity so you need to make sure you take plenty of water with you when venturing out on the lakes during the heat of the day.  
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largmouth Bass are being taken on the river and creek channel ledges on the main lake and near the mouths of the deeper bays.  Fishing for these deep water summer fish is still somewhat slow due to a lack of current but some fish are being taken on Carolina rigged big worms and creature baits as well as jignpig.  

There are Largemouth being taken shallow in the creeks and bays as they are feeding on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures early and late in the day and on spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms, tubes and creature baits near vegatation and wood cover.  The shallow water bite has been the more active bite especially early and late in the day.
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken at night on rocky primary and secondary points with slow rolled dark colored spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  The night bite reports indicate that this bite is recovering this week from the slowdown caused by the abnormally strong cold front passage last weekend.  
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost pearl lemon, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Hoppy spinnerbaits in black and black/purple (night fishing), Zoom ol monster worms in plum and junebug, Zoom brush hogs in watermelon candy, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, and Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and chameleon craw.
 
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken on the river channel ledges by vertically fishing with small spoons and inline spinners as well as by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits.  Few jumps are being reported this week.
 
Catfish:  Catfish are being taken on the old river channels on bottom bouncing rigs baited with leeches, shrimp and yellowtail.  
 
Bluegill:  The Bluegill are active around docks and along deep rocky creek channel banks by fishing worms and crickets under bobbers.  Bluegill are also being taken around mayfly hatches early in the morning and late in the evening.

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In Flight
Photo by John Mitchell

Gliding gracefully over the water, this heron keeps a stealthy eye out for his next meal. Herons are one of the more common species of birds that can be seen at Kentucky Lake.