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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 05/10/2007

Kentucky Lake:  Water Level at Ky Dam - 359.48  Surface Temperature - 74

Lake Barkley:  Water Level at Barkley - 359.75  Surface Temperature - 74
Both lakes are about 1/2 foot over summer pool.  This has been a week of light winds and warm temperatures with scattered afternoon thunderstorms.  The Largemouth Bass spawn patterns are still producing fish but mostly buck bass now guarding the nests although I some occasional keepers are still coming from the brush and flowers in the 3lb range.  Most of the larger females have moved out on post spawn patterns now.  

There is a pretty good early topwater bite on most mornings with cloud cover with a mixture of short fish and some keepers.  I have seen a number of schooling fish this past week in shallow water early in the day, some of these schools are short fish and some are schools of keepers in the 2.5 to 3lb range.  These schools of course cannot be predicted but when you get into one you are in for some quick action on topwater lures.  I have been concentrating on ledges in the creeks and bays the past couple of days with some fair results on the post spawn Largemouth.
Largemouth Bass:  Some fish are still being taken near the brush and flowers on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, floating worms, sinking worms and Texas rigged creature baits.  These shallow fish are mostly buck bass guarding the nests.  Largemouth are being taken on post spawn patterns on the creek channel banks, secondary points and ledges in the creeks and bays. 

These post spawn fish are being taken on Carolina rigged creature baits, Texas rigged creature baits, jigs and tube jigs.  Some early morning and late evening topwater bite can be found in shallow water in the creeks and bays.  These fun fish are taking walking baits, buzzbaits and poppers.  
Smallmouth Bass:  The Smallmouth Bass are being taken early and late in the day on main lake primary and secondary rocky points as well as on rocky secondary points near the mouths of the bays.  These fish are taking some topwater lures, jigs and tube jigs.
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Lucky Craft Sammy in ghost lemon shad, Lucky Craft and Yozuri popping baits in the same color pattern as the Sammy, Rebel Pop R's in shad patterns, Hook Some Bass spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Zoom Trick worms in watermelon/red and watermelon/purple, Hook Some Bass baby brush hounds in watermelon/red, green pumpkin, and watermelon/purple, Last Cast jigs in green pumpkin and Missouri craw and Jewel football head jigs in green pumpkin.
Crappie:  A few Crappie are still being taken shallow early and late in the day but the bite is reported to be scattered.  These fish are being taken with minnows fished under bobbers.  Most of the Crappie anglers have now moved on to the bluegill and shellcrackers which are spawning.
Bluegill/Shellcrackers:  These fish are being taken in shallow water in the creeks and bays as well as in some main lake shallow cuts.  Crickets and worms fished under bobbers are taking the Bluegill and worms fished on split shot rigs reeled slowly across the beds are taking both Bluegill and Shellcrackers.
Catfish:  The Channel Catfish are being taken in shallow rocky areas in good numbers by fishing with nightcrawlers, leeches and shrimp fished under bobbers and on bottom rigs.  

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