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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 08/24/2006

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 356.41  Surface Temperature - 85

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 356.50  Surface Temperature - 85
 
Both lakes are approximately 2.5 ft below summer pool.  The weather has been cooler this week but a warming trend began today and is forecasted to last through the weekend.  Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Sunday and early next week.  The bass fishing slowed down somewhat with the cold front that came through the area early in the week but has been improving some each day as the week goes by.  Some good bags of fish were taken last weekend as the front was approaching and the weather patterns appear to be set up for the same this weekend.
 
Largemouth Bass:  The Largemouth are being primarily taken on the ledges on the main lake 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.  Some Largemouth are being taken around vegetation early in the morning and late in the day on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits and dead stick worms.  
 
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth are being taken on deep river ledges during the day on Carolina rigged creature baits as well as jigs.  Some Smallmouth are being taken early and late in the day near vegetation on the same lures as the early and late Largemouth.  Smallmouth are being taken at night on Ky Lake by fishing the main lake points with dark spinnerbaits, tube jigs and jigs.
 
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in Ghost Lemon Pearl and American Shad, Zoom horny toads in white and green pumpkin swirl, Zoom flukes in white and shad patterns, Yamamoto senkos in watermelon/red/green, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom ol monster worms in plum and red shad, Zoom magnum lizards in green pumpkin, Hoppy spinnerbaits in black/purple (night bite), Hook Some Bass tubes in chameleon craw, Hook Some Bass brush hounds in watermelon/purple and D&L jigs in Cumberland craw.
 
 White Bass:  The White Bass are being taken along the river channel ledges on inline spinners and small jigging spoons.  Fish are also being taken by trolling these same lures behind a deep diving crankbait along the ledges.  Some jumps are being reported early and late in the day.
 
Catfish:  The Catfish are being taken along the old river channels by bottom fishing with shrimp, leeches and yellowtail.  
 
Bluegill:  Bluegill are being taken near vegetation in the backs of the bays early and late in the day by fishing with crickets and worms under bobbers.  These same baits are taking Bluegill around deeper docks and along rocky creek channel banks with shade.

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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.