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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/02/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.15  Surface Temperature - 66

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley Dam - 359.50  Surface Temperature - 66
Both lakes are just over summer pool.  Fishing early in the week was slow due to 3 days of blue skies and high pressure but the bite turned around yesterday after the cloud cover returned and lower pressure prevailed.  The largemouth bass bite was very good yesterday and today.  The weather forecast for the next few days indicates we will keep the cloud cover, with a chance of thunderstorms each day.  This should keep the bite in the good to excellent range for the largemouth.  
Largemouth Bass:  We are at that time of the season when there are a myriad of patterns working.  We have largemouth on late prespawn, spawn and post spawning patterns.  The late prespawn and spawning bass are being taken in shallow water around the flooded over mustard flowers and buck brush.  These fish are being taken with topwater lures, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, jigs, sinking worms and floating worms.  

There are still some prespawn on the lead in channel banks and points near the spawning areas.  These fish are being taken on topwater lures, crankbaits, Texas rigged lizards and creature baits, shakey head worms, tube jigs and jigs.  The earlier spawning bass have moved out and are on the creek channel banks and secondary points with some fish on ledges in the creeks and bay.  These post spawn fish are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits, tube jigs, shakey head worms and jigs.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary points and the first secondary points in the bays.  These fish are being taken early and late in day on topwater lures, crankbaits, tube jigs and jigs.  The bite is reported to be fair at best but if you can find some early or late topwater fish, the action is good.
Some of the productive lures this week were:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Yozuri popper in same pattern as the Sammy, Chatterbuzz buzzbait in black, Zoom lizards in watermelon seed and green pumpkin, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon seed, watermelon/red and green pumpkin, Zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple and watermelon/red, Bandit crankbaits in rootbeer/chartruese, Hook Some Bass tubes in green pumpkin and smoke/purple and Last Cast jigs in green pumkin with Tiny Paca Craw trailer.  
Crappie:  The Crappie are mostly all spawned out now with the exception of a few late comers.  The late fish are being taken with minnows and small jigs fished under bobbers near shallow brush and stakebeds as well as by casting small jigs to the cover. This bite is best early and late in the day.  The majority of the Crappie are now being taken on post spawn patterns by spider rigging with small minnows and jigs over deep brush piles along the creek channels and near the mouths of the bays.  Reports indicate fish being taken anywhere from 12-20 ft.  
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  The Bluegill are moving shallow and smaller fish are being taken in very shallow water on the flats and in the shallow coves of the creeks and bays.  The bigger Bluegill are reported to still be holding just off the spawning areas in about 6 ft of water.  The Shellcrackers are being taken in shallow water as they are moving up to spawn.  Look for these fish in shallow water areas in the creeks and bays where you have gravel bottom.  Both these fish are being taken by fishing with crickets and worms fished under bobbers and worms fished on bottom with split shot rigs reeled slowly across the nesting areas.  
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are moving into shallow rocky areas and are being taken in good numbers.  These fish are being taken by fishing with leeches, shrimp and night crawlers fished under bobbers and on bottom.  It is hard to beat a nightcrawler fished under a bobber.  

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