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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/17/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.96  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 357.15  Surface Temperature - 85
Both lakes are two feet below summer pool with little fluctuation.  A cold front came thru the area early in the week and things cooled down here to more bearable daytime temperatures.  With the cold front of course came high pressure and slowed the fishing some but it was a fair tradeoff for the cooler weather.  

I have noticed the bass bite getting better over the past couple of days and it should be pretty good by the weekend as another cold front approaches the area.  Of course with the shift in prevailing winds to the south over the next couple of days the afternoon temperatures with the humidity will be back up again.  
Largemouth Bass:  Largemouth Bass are being taken on the river channel and creek channel ledges on the main lakes and near the mouths of the deeper bays.  These fish are being taken on Carolina rigged large worms, lizards and creature baits, Texas rigged large worms and jigs.  

The ledge fishing is best when the current is being generated which has been during the afternoon.  There are fish being taken early and late in the day on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are schooling on schools of fry.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, soft jerk baits and Texas rigged creature baits and tubes.  
Smallmouth Bass:  Some Smallmouth Bass are being taken during the day on deep river channel ledges on Carolina rigged creature baits and tubes as well as jigs.  The better Smallmouth bite is at night on Kentucky Lake by fishing main lake primary and secondary points as well as some secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being caught on dark colored spinnerbaits, tube jigs, jigs and Texas rigged creature baits.  A few Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day on the flats in the creeks and bays as they are mixing in with the Largemouth and feeding on the schools of fry.  These shallow water fighters are taking the same lures as the Largemouth.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost pearl lemon, Lucky Craft G Splash in ghost pearl lemon, Chatterbuzz buzzbaits in white, Zoom horney toads in white and green pumpkin swirl, Hook Some Bass spinnerbatis in blue glimmer,  Zoom ol monster worms in plum and red shad, Zoom magnum lizards in green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple and Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw and green pumpkin.
White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges by vertically jigging inline spinners and small spoons.  White Bass are also being taken by trolling these lures behind deep diving crankbaits along the ledges.  Some jumps are being reported but are short in duration.  
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels on bottom rigs baited with leeches and shrimp.  The better bite is being reported during the afternoons when current is being generated and at night.  
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken around deep docks with wood cover and also along deep rocky creek channel banks.   These fish are being taken by fishing worms and crickets under bobbers.  A good night bite around the docks with lights is being reported.

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